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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/5/2007

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 209

Due to the Labor Day holiday, this week's column only covers murders between Aug. 27 and 31. With a homicide every day so far this week, there have been 30 more murders this year than at the same time last year.

Monday, Aug. 27

2:25 a.m. Himank Karki, an 18-year-old man from Nepal who lived in Mount Vernon, was working the night shift at the Texaco gas station in the 2600 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway in Hanlon-Longwood. Karki exited the booth at the station and was shot repeatedly. Police found him lying next to a fuel pump. He died before he could be taken to the hospital. According to police, Karki was murdered as part of a robbery, but they don't know at this time what, if anything, was taken. Karki is 40th teenager killed this year.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

2:39 a.m. Twenty-four hours later in Carrollton Ridge, police found an unidentified African-American man shot in the head behind a vacant building. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center but was dead on arrival. Police are waiting until they have notified the victim's family to release his name.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

11:42 p.m. Darnell Thomas, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times in the 3100 block of Artaban Place in Hanlon-Longwood near Lake Ashburton. He died at Sinai Hospital a half-hour later.

Thursday, Aug. 30

9:32 p.m. A fight broke out among a large group of people in the 3000 block of Normount Court in Rosemont. During the fight, someone pulled out a gun and started firing into the crowd. A 22-year-old African-American man was shot in the head and died at Shock Trauma an hour later. A 14-year-old, a 19-year-old, and a 23-year-old were also shot but survived. Police are waiting until the victim's family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Friday, Aug. 31

3:37 a.m. Police were called to the 2000 block of East Fairmount Avenue in Butchers Hill for a body lying in the middle of the street. The victim, who police have not yet identified, had a head injury and was dead. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

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