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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 1; Murders this Year: 110

The man fatally shot in the 3200 block of Spaulding Avenue on July 8 has been identified as Eric Brown, a 43-year-old African-American man from Randallstown.

Baltimore City had its sixth fatal police-involved shooting this week. There were five fatal police-involved shootings in all of 2011. Police were called to a 7-11 at the intersection of Reisterstown Road and West Belvedere Avenue at 5:44 A.M. on July 14 for an armed person. When they arrived, Devonte Bowman, a 20-year-old African-American man, allegedly ran from the scene. Police chased him to the 5100 block of Arbutus Avenue. An officer encountered Bowman there and shot him once in the chest. Bowman allegedly had a semi-automatic handgun on him at the time. Bowman was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died. The name of the officer had not been released at press time. He was not injured.

The death of Veronda Fenner was added to the homicide roll this week. Fenner, an African-American woman, died over 11 years after she was shot. On Jan. 18, 2001, at 4:10 A.M., police went to the 4100 block of West Forest Park Avenue for a shooting. Fenner, who was 32 years old at the time, was found sitting in the street, shot in the stomach. She was taken to Sinai and underwent surgery. On May 3, 2012, Fenner was vomiting and having stomach pains so she went to Northwest Hospital. Her condition deteriorated, and she died at 3:27 A.M. the next day. Her death was ruled a homicide by shooting, as it was a result of the 2001 attack.

This is the second week in 2012 with only one homicide and the first without a new murder.

Update: Kenneth Jackson, a 23-year-old African-American man, was arrested on July 9 for the murder of Andrew Davis, a 27-year-old African-American man. Davis was shot repeatedly on July 5 in the 3400 block of Ravenwood Avenue.

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