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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 12/7/2005

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 253

A man shot in 1987 died recently as a result of that shooting. His death has been added to this yearís murder rolls. On Oct. 21, 1987, at 8:40 p.m., Charles Massey, an African-American man who was 22 years old at the time, was at the corner of Dallas and Hoffman streets in Oliver. Massey was talking to an African-American woman, Tonya Brown, who was 20 at the time. Someone came up behind Massey, put a gun to his back, and fired. The shooter and Brown ran together down a nearby alley. Massey didnít see the shooter. The bullet hit Masseyís spinal cord, making him a paraplegic. Both his legs were amputated below the knee, and he suffered from seizures. He was in a nursing home for 18 years. On Oct. 14, the 40-year-old Massey was admitted to Bon Secours Hospital because of complications from the shooting. He died at 9:30 a.m. the next day. Brown was arrested the night of the incident and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and other charges. She was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The shooter was never identified.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

8:47 p.m. Eric Smith, a 39-year-old African-American man, was found sitting in the driverís seat of a 2002 Nissan Sentra with the engine running in the 1600 block of Presbury Street in Sandtown-Winchester. The driverís side window was shattered by the gunshots that struck Smith in the head. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died half an hour later.

9:37 p.m. An hour later in Northwest Baltimore, Torrey Garland, a 36-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 3900 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Dolefield with several other people when three men approached and started shooting him. Garland was hit several times and was taken to Sinai Hospital. He died at 1:23 a.m. the next day.

Sunday, Dec. 4

12:56 a.m. Police officers were in the Arlington neighborhood when they heard five shots coming from the 3200 block of West Belvedere Avenue near Pimlico racetrack. When they got there they found Troy Marine, a 30-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk bleeding. Marine had been shot in the head. He was taken to Sinai but was pronounced dead when he arrived.

8:38 p.m. Less than eight hours later and two blocks away, Antonie Grandy, an 18-year-old African-American man, was in the 5200 block of Florence Avenue near Pimlico with another man when someone started shooting at them. Grandy was hit in the chest but managed to run to his home a block away where his father called 911. He was taken to Sinai, where he died at 10:12 p.m. The other person, who was shot in the leg, was driven to Sinai and survived.

9:48 p.m. An hour after Johnson was shot, police got a call that someone had fired a weapon in the 3800 block of Ellerslie Avenue in Ednor Gardens. When police arrived they found Thaddeus Riley, a 43-year-old African-American man, lying in the grass beside a parked car. He had been shot and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died less than 10 minutes later.

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