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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/3/2005

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 164

Tuesday, July 26

10:35 p.m. David Howard, a 19-year-old African-American man from Parkville, was found sitting in a red Cadillac Deville in the 2600 block of Norland Road near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. There were bullet holes through the window. Howard had been shot in the head and neck. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 12:40 a.m. the next day. In May, a man was murdered a block away from the location where Howard was shot.

Wednesday, July 27

5:30 a.m. Five hours after Howard died, another man was found shot to death in a car. Police officers found Ernest Pope, a 53-year-old African-American man, slumped over in the driverís seat of an Isuzu Rodeo parked behind the 3800 block of Elmora Avenue in Belair-Edison. Pope had left his house that morning to go to work. When he got into his car and started it, a man shot him in the head and walked away. Pope was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, July 28

1:25 p.m. Police officers were flagged down by a person who said there was a man lying in the middle of the street bleeding. They found Robert Montgomery, a 22-year-old African-American man, dead in the 1000 block of Tunbridge Road near Chinquapin Middle School in North Baltimore. He had been shot in the head and killed.

11:30 p.m. Later that night, two Hispanic men were shot in front of Mystery Loves Company, a bookstore in the 1700 block of Fleet Street in Fells Point. Both men were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with numerous gunshot wounds. One had surgery and was in critical condition but survived. The other, 34-year-old Jose Hernandez, died just before midnight. Hernandez is the third person to be murdered in Fells Point this year.

Sunday, July 31

7:20 p.m. An unidentified man was found dead in an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Bridgehampton Drive near the Parkway Crossing Shopping Center in Northeast Baltimore. He, too, had been shot in the head, making him one of at least 58 homicide victims this year to die that way.

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