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Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 135

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A double homicide half a block from City Paper’s office began the week when an early-morning fire took the lives of two restaurant workers. It was part of a spate of fires that broke out just as the shooting spree seemed to lull. Along with the arson deaths, July 22 saw five non-fatal shootings reported, along with two shooting murders.

Monday, July 22

3:20 a.m.: Firefighters were called to DaVinci’s Market at the corner of Read Street and Park Avenue to put out a fire. When the fire was out, they found two bodies in the basement of the restaurant, Ali Poushangi, a 49-year-old Caucasian man, and George Scarborough, a 48-year-old African-American man. Neighbors said both men had worked in the store. Firefighters found “evidence of foul play,” both in terms of the fire and the dead men, and called homicide detectives.

9:18 a.m.: As homicide detectives canvassed the midtown neighborhood for clues in the arson murders, Dennis Conway, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the 1700 block of North Bond Street, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead at 10:02 a.m. Police had no motives or suspects.

3:32 p.m.: Six hours and one mile from the last homicide, police sent to the intersection of North Milton Avenue and East Preston Street for a reported double shooting found one victim, later identified as Clarence Gray, a 30-year-old African-American man, in the 2500 block of East Preston Street, suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds to the head and torso area. The second victim, also a man, was located in the 1200 block of North Milton Avenue, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left arm. Both men were hospitalized, but Gray died at 9:15 p.m.

Friday, July 26

1:30 a.m.: Police responding to a double shooting on the 2700 block of Jefferson Street found Deontrey Thompson, a 19-year-old African-American man, shot in the head. He died at the hospital. A second man was shot in the back and was expected to survive. Police did not publicly identify him. A Baltimore Sun report on the incident cited the nonprofit Safe Streets program, saying the McElderry Park neighborhood had gone 71 days without a murder.

9:01 p.m.: A man was shot in the head on the 2000 block of Jubilee Court. He died at the hospital 42 minutes later. Police had not identified him as of press time. The Sun identified the victim as Alphonso Cult, a 20-year-old African-American man.

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