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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/27/2005

Murders This Week: 7
Murders This Year: 159

Tuesday, July 19

7:54 p.m. Dennis Wilson, a 60-year-old African-American man, was at his job as the evening shift supervisor at a juice factory in Northwest Baltimore near Reisterstown Road Plaza, when Levi White, a 49-year-old African-American man and former employee of the factory, entered the building through the back door. He was carrying a shotgun. White walked up to Wilson, hit him in the face, and then shot him. White then walked out the front door. When the police officers arrived, they told White to drop his weapon. Instead, he pointed his gun at the officers, who shot him in the chest. Wilson was pronounced dead by medics at the factory at 8:20 p.m. White died at Sinai Hospital at 2:33 a.m. the next day.

Wednesday, July 20

2:15 a.m. Police got a call for a shooting in the 200 block of East 22nd Street in the Barclay neighborhood. Upon arrival, they found Dante Jordan, a 26-year-old African-American man from the 1800 block of St. Paul Street, lying in the street two blocks from Lovely Lane Methodist Church. He had been shot. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital half an hour later. Jordan was the third person murdered in Barclay this year.

Friday, July 22

12:56 a.m. A group of women got into a fight outside an apartment building in the 4800 block of Lorelly Avenue near Herring Run Park in Frankford. During the fight, someone pulled out a knife and stabbed Angel Simms, a 23-year-old African-American woman who lived at the apartment building, in the neck. Simms was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center but died shortly after she arrived.

3:30 a.m. A few hours later two men were sitting on the front porch of a house in the 3100 block of Lawnview Avenue in Belair-Edison, near Clifton Park. A white car drove onto the block, and someone inside started shooting at the two men, who ran inside the house. Both were taken to Hopkins Hospital for surgery. One man survived, but Aaron Benefield, a 19-year-old African-American man from East Baltimore’s Gay Street neighborhood, died at 6:10 a.m.

Saturday, July 23

1:40 a.m. The next night in Curtis Bay, Damont Adams, a 23-year-old African-American man from the Barclay neighborhood, was sitting on the steps in front of a house in the 1600 block of Hazel Street. A man approached him and started shooting at him. The victim ran inside of the house next door and collapsed. He had been shot in the torso and was pronounced dead by medics 20 minutes later.

Sunday, July 24

3:17 a.m. Police got a call for another shooting in Northeast Baltimore. According to the call, a juvenile had been shot in the 4100 block of Eierman Avenue in Arcadia near Herring Run Park. When they got there they did not find a juvenile. Instead, they found Anthony Jackson, a 26-year-old African-American man who lived less than a block away, lying in the street. He had been shot in the back of the head. Police later found a 16-year-old African-American girl in a nearby house who had been shot in the left arm. Both were taken to Hopkins Hospital. The girl was in stable condition. Jackson died half an hour later.

8:10 p.m. People driving in the 2000 block of Cylburn Avenue, near the Cylburn Arboretum, saw a man lying in the street and called the police. He had been shot. When police got there the man tried to talk to them but couldn’t because of his injuries. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died at 9:24 p.m. The man, who has not yet been identified, is the 20th person murdered this year in the Northern District. There were 17 homicides in the district last year.

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