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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/12/2006

Murders This Week: 8
Murders This Year: 72

After a busy week for homicides in Baltimore City, 2006’s murder numbers have outstripped 2005’s with 72 murders this year, compared to 67 at this time last year. Police have released the names of only four of this week’s eight victims.

Monday, April 3

8:26 p.m. A police officer was at Laurens and McCulloh streets when a woman came up to him and said a man had been shot. The officer drove the woman to the 600 block of Presstman Street in Upton where Aaron Mackey, an 18-year-old African-American from the Mid-Govans neighborhood, lay on the sidewalk shot in the head. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center the next day.

8:30 p.m. A tall African-American man wearing a baseball cap and a short African-American man wearing a hood walked into the Cameo Lounge in the 4700 block of Harford Road in the Lauraville area. The men left without speaking to anyone inside the bar. A few minutes later a patron heard two gunshots and went to the front door, where he saw the tall man in the baseball cap lying on the ground bleeding. He had been shot in the shoulder and the right eye. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital a half-hour later. Police are waiting until they have notified the victim’s family to release his name.

Thursday, April 6

6:07 a.m. Noble Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man, and Shelton Turner, a 21-year-old African-American man, were shot while sitting in a parked car in the 500 block of Sheridan Avenue off York Road. Johnson died at Hopkins Hospital shortly after he arrived. Turner was close to brain death when he got to Hopkins and died April 8 at 5:40 p.m. The two men were shot just two blocks from where a 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death two weeks earlier.

5:26 p.m. That night police found an African-American man lying on the second-floor landing of a rowhouse in the 2000 block of North Longwood Street near Coppin State College. He had been shot repeatedly and died a half-hour later at Shock Trauma. Police are still trying to contact the victim’s family.

Saturday, April 8

7:56 p.m. Just a few blocks away, in the 1800 block of Braddish Avenue, another African-American man was shot several times. He died at Sinai Hospital at 8:23 p.m.. His family
hasn’t been notified.

Sunday, April 9

4:16 a.m. This week’s fourth unidentified victim was shot in the 3500 block of Lucille Avenue in Central Park Heights. Residents heard gunshots and opened their building’s front door to find an African-American man lying on the sidewalk. He died at Sinai Hospital at 4:42 a.m. His family has also not been informed. This is the fourth murder in Central Park Heights this year.

8:40 p.m. That night, police were called to the 1100 block of Druid Hill Avenue near the State Center office complex. When they arrived, medics were treating Julia Boussari, a 34-year-old African-American woman, who had been stabbed in the chest. She died at Shock Trauma at 9:32 p.m. Boussari is the fourth person murdered this year in Upton and the second this week.

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