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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/27/2006

Murder Ink did not appear in last week’s issue, so this column covers all homicides Sept. 11-24. The official homicide number according to the police is 200, but Murder Ink only has 199. The reason for the discrepancy had not been determined as of press time.

On Sept. 20 police arrested Eric Tate, an 18-year-old African-American male from Barclay, and charged him with the Sept. 10 murders of Anthony Taylor Jr. and Adrian Holiday.

Monday, Sept. 11

3:30 p.m. George Young, a 23-year-old African-American man, was standing with another man in the 1100 block of Cleveland Street in Pigtown. They were talking to some people when they were approached by at least two other men. Most of the group ran away as the two men approached. The men fired several shots at Young and the other man. Young ran to the 1100 block of Cross Street and collapsed. He had been shot in the torso. The other victim got into a car and drove away. Both victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Young died half an hour later. The other victim survived.

Thursday, Sept. 14

8:35 p.m. Antonio Gilmore, a 38-year-old African-American man, was working at the Blockbuster video store at 601 Homestead St. in Better Waverly, just a few blocks from the site of the Waverly Farmers’ Market, when two people entered the store with a gun and demanded money. They shot Gilmore in the chest and left without taking anything. Another employee who was in the store was uninjured. Gilmore was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 9:24 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15

4:35 a.m. David Galloway, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the ground behind a public housing project in the 2300 block of Norfolk Street. He had been shot several times and died at Harbor Hospital an hour later.

Sunday, Sept. 17

10:02 p.m. Edward Curtis, a 17-year-old African-American, was found lying on the ground in the 3700 block of East Baltimore Street. He had been shot repeatedly and died at Hopkins Hospital at 10:57 p.m. Police found what appeared to be cocaine and $400 on him.

Monday, Sept. 18

7:25 a.m. Floyd Cook, a 56-year-old African-American man, was taken off life support a week after he was shot on his own front porch. On Sept. 11 at 2:42 p.m. police were called to the scene of a shooting in the 1600 block of North Fulton Street in Sandtown-Winchester, where they found a man lying at the intersection who had been shot several times. He was taken to Shock Trauma. Fifteen minutes later police were told to go to the 1800 block of Presstman Street a few blocks away, where they found Cook on the sofa on his front porch. He had been shot in the head. Police believe that Cook was hit by a stray bullet from the shooting of the other man. The intended victim tried to leave the trauma ward before his surgery but ultimately survived. Cook was taken to Shock Trauma with massive brain trauma and was removed from life support at 7:25 a.m. on Sept. 18.

5:55 p.m. That evening, Jamie Randall, a 30-year-old African-American woman, and Reginald Rucker, a 32-year-old African-American man, were shot to death in a car parked in the 2300 block of West Lanvale Street. This is the second double homicide in the Evergreen Lawn neighborhood this year. The West Baltimore neighborhood is just four blocks by three blocks.

Thursday, Sept. 21

2:05 a.m. Police found Devin Wright, a 26-year-old African-American man, shot to death behind George Kelson Elementary School in Sandtown-Winchester. This is the sixth murder in the neighborhood this year.

Saturday, Sept. 23

1:21 a.m. Cory Harrison, a 27-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the 2000 block of Robb Street. He had been shot several times and died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital shortly after he arrived.

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