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Murders this Week: 7; Murders this Year: 125

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The Baltimore Police has had a seventh police-involved shooting this year. On July 31, at 4:40 p.m., police were called to the 1400 block of Weldon Place North in Medfield for a family dispute. When the officer arrived, he saw an altercation going on between individuals in the home. Johnathan Blankenship, a 40-year-old Caucasian man, then allegedly engaged the officer, who called for emergency back-up. When the back-up officer, John Hanyok, a 31-year-old Caucasian man who has been on the force since 2005, arrived, he saw the initial officer and Blankenship struggling on the kitchen floor. There was a knife nearby. The initial officer called for help and Blankenship was told to back away. Blankenship allegedly continued fighting with the officer, and Hanyok shot Blankenship, killing him.

Monday, July 30

4:05 a.m. Charles Johnson, a 50-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of West North Avenue. He had head trauma and died at an area hospital at 5:57 a.m.

Tuesday, July 31

11:20 p.m. Police were called to the 2500 block of Frederick Avenue near Westside Shopping Center and discovered a 19-year-old African-American male in the front of the block and Antwan Bryant, a 21-year-old African-American man, in the rear. Both had been shot several times and were taken to local hospitals. A third victim from this incident, a 25-year-old African-American man, walked into an area emergency room also suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Bryant died at 11:50 p.m. The other two survived.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Ezra Bunch, a 27-year-old African-American man, died at a city hospital nine days after he was attacked. Bunch was at a 7-Eleven in the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road on July 23 at 4:20 p.m. when he was approached by three men, one of whom stabbed him in the chest. Bunch walked into the block and was hit by a car. He then collpased on the sidewalk. Police were unable to provide Bunch’s time of death.

3:17 a.m. Javon Blackwell, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the doorway of a residence in the 1200 block of Poplar Grove Street, two blocks south of where Jermaine Blue was murdered four days earlier. Blackwell died at a city hospital at 3:20 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 2

12:51 a.m. Janerio Keys, a 26-year-old African-American man, was shot in the 4400 block of Parkton Street in Yale Heights. He died at a local hospital an hour later.

Friday, Aug. 3

1:20 a.m. Marvin Jones, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in the 3000 block of Rosedale Court, just a couple blocks from where Javon Blackwell was murdered. Jones died before he could be taken to a hospital. A 42-year-old African-American woman was shot in the hand during the attack and managed to run away. She survived. Jones is the fourth person murdered in the Southwestern police district this week. It currently has the second most homicides—19—in the city, behind the Eastern’s 22.

Saturday, Aug. 4

1:25 a.m. Jeffere Thomas, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the head and body in the 3000 block of West Garrison Avenue, near Pimlico Race Course. He died at an area hospital at 2:50 a.m. This is the seventh murder in Central Park Heights this year, tying it and Oliver as the most murderous neighborhoods in the city.

Updates: On July 31, Darius Duppins, a 21-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life, plus 20 years, in prison for the murder of Paris Richardson, a 21-year-old African-American man. Duppins’ sentence came nearly two years after his codefendant Damien Davis, a 20-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 35 years in prison, on Nov. 29, 2010. Richardson was at a carryout in the 2500 block of Hoffman Street on May 5, 2008, when Duppins and Davis, who were  17 and 16 at the time, respectively, approached him. Duppins shot Richardson eight times, hitting him in the head, neck, and torso. Davis also tried to shoot Richardson, but his gun malfunctioned and wouldn’t fire.

Maurice Lonon, a 26-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Aug. 3 for the triple shooting that left Quintin Winder, a 35-year-old African-American man, dead. Winder and two other people were shot inside a home in the 5500 block of Lothian Road in Mid-Govans on July 16. All three victims were shot in the head, but only Winder died.

According to police, Lance Johnson, the 40-year-old African-American who was shot and killed in the 2300 block of North Eutaw Place on July 5, was transgender. MSNBC reports that Johnson went by the name Tracy and that police believe the attack was targeted though there is no evidence it was a hate crime. Desean Brown, an 18-year-old African-American male, was shot to death on June 2 of this year while dressed in what police describe as women’s clothing. Brown has not, however, been identified as transgender.

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