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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 7; Murders this Year: 150

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Monday, Sept. 3

11:49 A.M. Just before noon, Rashawn Muhammad, a 20-year-old African-American man, was seen running down the 1000 block of North Kenwood Avenue in East Baltimore, being chased by two males with guns. They chased him into an alley off the 2800 block of Chase Street and shot him once in the chest. Muhammad ran again, making it to the 2700 block of Beryl Avenue, and collapsed. He was taken to a city hospital and pronounced dead at 12:25 P.M.

7 P.M. Damon Vaughn, a 21-year-old African-American man, and a 19-year-old African-American man were shot in the 2600 block of Boone Street. Vaughn was found in the block, shot in the torso. The 19-year-old was shot in the ankle but made it to the 2700 block of Mathews Street before falling to the ground. Vaughn died at a local hospital at 7:33 P.M. The 19-year-old survived.

10:15 P.M. A man was in the 3800 block of East Pratt Street in Highlandtown when three males robbed him. The males then drove off in a dark-colored vehicle. Jose Carranza, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, and a 50-year-old Hispanic man drove up to the robbery victim. The man told them he had been robbed. Carranza and the 50-year-old then drove after the robbers, to the 200 block of South Eaton Street, where they blocked the robbers’ car so they couldn’t get away. One of the robbers got out of the car and shot at Carranza and his companion. Carranza was shot in the chest and the 50-year-old was shot in the arm. They drove off to avoid more gunfire and the robbers fled. Carranza died at an area hospital at 11 P.M. The other man survived.

10:22 P.M. Seven minutes later, Andre Scott, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and body in the parking lot of the Maple Glen Apartments in the 5600 block of Frankford Avenue. He died at a local hospital at 10:59 P.M.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

11:35 P.M. Sherron Small, a 41-year-old African-American man, was lying in his bed in the basement of his home in the 5400 block of Seward Avenue when someone shot him through the window. Small was struck in the head and died at an area hospital an hour later. This was the second murder in Frankford in two days and the fourth this year.

Thursday, Sept. 6

7:56 P.M. Rudolph Horton, a 36-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 1400 block of Holbrook Street. He had been shot repeatedly in the head and body, and died at a city hospital at 8:50 P.M. This is the second murder in this block this year and the eighth murder in Oliver, the most murderous neighborhood in the city.

Saturday, Sept. 8

2:22 A.M. Another double shooting took a life this week. Police heard gunshots coming from the intersection of Gold and McCulloh streets and found Maurice McCoy, a 28-year-old African-American man, lying in the street behind a gas station, shot once in the torso. A 26-year-old African-American man was shot in the groin in this incident but made his way to another gas station in the 1000 block of West North Avenue. McCoy died at a nearby hospital. The 26-year-old survived.

10:07 P.M. That night, a 38-year-old African-American man was shot in the 2600 block of Kent Street in Westport. He died at an area hospital 40 minutes later. Police are waiting until the man’s family has been notified to release his name.

Update: On Sept. 4, Timothy Kittrell, a 29-year-old African-American man, was convicted of the double shooting that left Isaiah Roane, a 29-year-old African-American man, dead. Roane and another man were at a red light in the 3500 block of Dolfield Avenue on Sept. 7, 2011. Kittrell pulled up beside them and started shooting into the car, killing Roane and wounding the other man. Kittrell hit another car while speeding from the scene. The driver of that car got Kittrell’s license plate number, leading to Kittrell’s arrest.

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