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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 5/31/2006

Murders the Week of May 15: 5
Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 105

Murder Ink did not run last week, and this week City Paper is working on an early deadline due to the Memorial Day holiday. This column covers homicides between May 15 and 26. On May 17, Baltimore City had its 100th murder of the year.

Tuesday, May 16

10 p.m. Police officers were flagged down while driving in the 1900 block of Eagle Street in Carrollton Ridge. Two men lay on opposite sides of the street. Each had been shot several times. Aaron Wilson, a 23-year-old African-American man, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 10:25 p.m. Steven Wallace, a 28-year-old African-American man, died at Shock Trauma 10 minutes later. There was a shootout in the block, and police found guns on both victims.

Wednesday, May 17

10:52 p.m. Police found Jamal Gwaltney, a 23-year-old African-American man, shot numerous times in the 2500 block of Marbourne Avenue in Lakeland. He died at Shock Trauma at 2:45 a.m. the next day. A burgundy Mercury Marquis with tinted windows was seen leaving the block after Gwaltney was shot.

11:45 p.m. Darryl Lang, a 38-year-old African-American man, pulled into the 4500 block of Marble Hall Road near Morgan State University with his young stepson in the car. Three men came up to them and forced Lang and the boy into Lang’s house at gunpoint, demanding money. Lang cooperated with them but was shot several times anyway. Lang died at Johns Hopkins Hospital an hour later. His stepson wasn’t shot.

Saturday, May 20

7:20 p.m. Lynn Lettley, a 28-year-old African-American man, parked his car at a gas station in the 1100 block of Dundalk Avenue near the southeastern city line. He was then shot several times but managed to run about a block before collapsing on the sidewalk. He was taken to Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died later that day.

Monday, May 22

10:05 a.m. Police were notified that a body had been found in the basement maintenance room of an apartment building in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road. Police believe that Donte Johnson, an 18-year-old African-American man, was in the room at about 3 a.m. when he was shot several times.

Tuesday, May 23

3 a.m. Three men drove up to Sinai Hospital. One got out and told a nurse that they had someone in the car who had been shot. Whitney Wiley, a 19-year-old African-American woman, was lying in the backseat. She had been shot in the head. The hospital staff took her out of the car, and the men immediately sped off. Police believe Wiley was shot somewhere near Highgate Drive and West Northern Parkway. She died later at the hospital.

Wednesday, May 24

4:58 a.m. Harry Gillespie, a 37-year-old Caucasian man, was shot in the head while behind the wheel of a car in a parking lot in the 800 block of Glade Court in Brooklyn. The car continued moving forward after Gillespie was shot, hitting a car and going through a chain-link fence, before crashing into the back of a house. Gillespie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, May 25

8:57 p.m. Shawn Ruffin, a 33-year-old African-American man, was in his home in the 2000 block of Woodbourne Avenue in the Perring Loch neighborhood. He went into the back alley to help his brother, who was involved in a fight outside. While he was in the alley someone pulled out a gun and shot Ruffin in the head. His brother wasn’t shot. Ruffin died at Hopkins Hospital half an hour later.

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