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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/9/2008

Murders THIS WEEK: 3
Murders THIS YEAR: 52

At press time it was uncertain whether or not a man who died in a shooting will be added to the murder rolls or be categorized as a police-involved shooting, which are generally not included in the homicide tally. At 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, police were in the Ellwood Park/Monument neighborhood in East Baltimore when they heard gunshots and found two people involved in a shootout in the 3100 block of McElderry Street. One of the people allegedly shot at police, who returned fire. That person then ran, collapsing in the 3100 block of East Monument Street. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 1:45 a.m. The other person involved in the shootout got away from police. At this time, police are not sure if the man who died was shot by officers or by the other shooter and are awaiting autopsy results to make that determination. According to police, there have been seven police-involved shootings this year not including this one; all of them have been fatal. The name of the man who was killed has not been released because his family has yet to be notified of his death.

The man stabbed to death during a card game on March 30 in the 1000 block of Billie Holiday Court has been identified as Ronald Joyner, a 27-year-old African-American man.

Monday, March 31

9:15 p.m. Lamar Skinner, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot in the shoulder and lower back after he was dropped off in the 2400 block of East Hoffman Street, a few blocks from his Broadway East home. He died at Hopkins Hospital less than an hour later.

Tuesday, April, 1

12:45 a.m. Police found Darius Bunch, a 31-year-old African-American man, in a playground in the 700 block of North Longwood Avenue near Gwynns Falls Park. He had been shot numerous times in the head and body. Police believe the incident started around the corner on Franklintown Road. Bunch died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 1:23 a.m. This is the ninth murder this year in the Southwest police district, tying it with the Central district for most murders in the city this year.

Thursday, April 3

9:15 a.m. Gerrald Megginson, a 20-year-old African-American man from the Hollins Market neighborhood, was found by the railroad tracks at South Stricker and Ramsay streets a few blocks from the B&O Railroad Museum. He had been fatally shot in the head. This is the second time in two weeks a man has been found shot in the head at this location.

Updates

On April 1, Anthony Monroe, a 28-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of the murder of Milan Walker, a 30-year-old African-American. Walker was shot in the head near the Shot Tower in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 20, 2007.

Rasul Brown, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the murder of Marcus McDowell, a 16-year-old African-American male. On Jan. 8, 2007, Brown got into a fight with a friend of McDowell's in the 5100 block of Harford Road in Lauraville. When McDowell tried to help his friend, Brown shot the teenager several times in the head and body.

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