Murders this Week: 4; Murders this Year: 159
Published: September 11, 2013
A police-involved shooting in Douglass Homes ended the life of Donte Bennett, a 25-year-old African-American man and “armed suspect” who police chased into the complex and cornered next to a fence. A neighbor named Melvin Williams (not “Little” Melvin Williams, the legendary west-side drug lord-turned-actor on HBO’s The Wire) told the media the police did not have to shoot Bennett. Another neighbor told The Sun that she thought Bennett had his hands up in surrender when he was shot. Police recovered a gun at the scene. Two of the police who shot Bennett—Joseph Wiczulis and Kyle Gaskin—have previously fired their weapons at people, police said, Wiczulis in a 2010 incident in which two officers were shot, and Gaskin in 2009, while he was being dragged down the street by a suspect’s car. The third police officer, Peter Iacovo, had not before fired a shot at a suspect.
Douglass Homes has gotten hot. On a call for shots fired on Sunday morning, police claimed that citizens at the project at 2:30 a.m. told them no one was hit. Minutes later, a grown man and a boy both arrived at an area hospital with non-life-threatening bullet wounds, the police say. The man was grazed in the head, the boy shot in the side.
Friday, Sept. 6
12:40 a.m. Terrell Mitchell, a 26-year-old African-American man, was near his residence on the 1200 block of W. North Avenue when someone shot him. Police found him on the sidewalk with bullet wounds in his upper body. He was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.
10:05 p.m. Less than 22 hours later and 7 miles away in the Hamilton Hills neighborhood, Daniels Darnell Turner, a 32-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times while on the 6800 block of McClean Boulevard. Turner lived in Rosedale.
Sunday, Sept. 8
12:52 a.m. Antonio Mayes, a 26-year-old African-American man, was on the 1000 block of Valley Street in the Johnston Square neighborhood when someone shot him in the head. Eastern District police responded along with fire department medics, but Mayes was dead. He resided about a mile away in the Jonestown neighborhood, according to police.
3:36 p.m. Shandin R. Cunningham, a 33-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of Woodland and Delaware avenues in the Park Heights neighborhood when someone shot him. He died in the hospital. Cunningham lived just two blocks from where Antonio Mayes was shot to death 14 hours earlier.
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