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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 7; Murders this Year: 139

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For the 11th time this year, Baltimore police shot someone. On Aug. 24 at about 10 P.M. Oba-Cinque Mitchiner, a 27-year-old African-American man, was standing outside his girlfriend’s house on the 2500 block of Maisel Street in the Morrell Park neighborhood, firing a gun into the air, according to police. Mitchiner allegedly turned his gun toward police as they arrived and fired it in their “general direction,” whereupon three officers shot him in the legs. Mitchiner was in stable condition in an area hospital. Court records indicate there is an open restraining order against him and a warrant for violating it. Police have shot 11 suspects this year so far, killing eight of them.

Monday, Aug. 20

Just after 9 P.M., police found Anthony Diaz, a 35-year-old African-American man, bleeding from the head in a third-floor apartment on the 3200 block of Walbrook Avenue in the Walbrook neighborhood. He had apparently been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are reviewing surveillance tapes.

Also on Aug. 20, Sterling Parker, a 61-year-old African-American man, died of injuries sustained during an assault in his home on Aug. 4. At 1:35 A.M. that day, police were called to the 1900 block of Walbrook Avenue in the Mondawmin neighborhood for a break-in and assault. Parker and his wife reportedly had been babysitting two children but after several weeks had not been able to reach the parents and, so, called Child Protective Services, who eventually took the children. Parker was involved in a dispute about the children with an unidentified man on Aug. 4, after which he was assaulted, police said. He died at 8:33 P.M. on Aug. 20, after which homicide was called. Detectives are seeking a person of interest in the case.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Lovell Spencer, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot in the torso on the 1700 block of Cole Street in the Mount Clare neighborhood, but was able to travel two blocks to the intersection of Wilkens and Monroe Streets. At 11:17 P.M. patrol officers found him there, being attended by medics. Spencer was taken to Shock Trauma and pronounced dead at 11:48 P.M.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

At 8:05 P.M. Charles Canty, a 65-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the basement staircase, unconscious. He had been stabbed multiple times, and his home appeared to have been ransacked. Police were called to assist firefighters forcing their way into Canty’s home in the 1700 block of North Carey Street in the Penn North neighborhood, where neighbors had asked officials to check on him because he had not been seen for two days.

Thursday, Aug. 23

At 4:30 P.M. Terrance Gough, a 26-year-old African-American man, was talking to another African-American man on the side of Mountview Road near the intersection of North Athol Avenue, around the corner from his uncle’s home, into which he was moving, in the Uplands neighborhood. The other man shot Gough in the head and chest, and Gough fell to the ground on the grass, next to the sidewalk, as the shooter ran off. Gough was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.

Also on Aug. 23, the State Medical Examiner’s office ruled that Kristie Hufnagel, a 41-year-old Caucasian woman, was asphyxiated. Hufnagel died some time before July 21, when police were called to investigate a foul odor in an apartment building in the 100 block of West 29th Street. In the apartment, they found a 67-year-old African-American man, Marvin White, who they arrested on drug charges. Hufnagel’s body was in the bedroom.

Friday, Aug. 24

At 11 A.M., Southwest District police were called to the 600 block of Brisbane Road, near the Anne Arundel County line in the Beechfield neighborhood, for a “cutting.” Inside the house, they found 33-year-old Lindale Carrington, an African-American man who resided 10 miles away on Glen Michael Lane, with stab wounds to his torso. Police say he had been in a confrontation with a male suspect and that there is a person of interest in the case.

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