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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/25/2008

Murders This Week: 9
Murders This Year: 102

For the second week in a row, there were nine murders in Baltimore City, a conspicuous spike in a year that has seen a massive downturn in the number of homicides.

This week also saw the 10th fatal police-involved shooting of the year. On June 17, police responded to a report of an aggravated assault in the unit block of South Robinson Street. When police arrived they arrested two people. An officer was attempting to pat down a third person, identified as Bryant Worrell, a 20-year-old African-American man who lived in the block. Police say he became belligerent and started fighting with the officer. Worrell allegedly started to pull out a weapon. The officer told him to drop it and get down on the ground, and when Worrell did not comply, the officer shot him several times in the upper body. Worrell ran but collapsed behind the 3100 block of East Lombard Street; he died before he could be taken to hospital. According to police a .38 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.

Several of last week's homicide victims have been identified. The woman found strangled to death in a Hampden apartment building on June 11 has been identified as Elizabeth Garrett, a 25-year-old Caucasian woman. The two teenagers found fatally shot in a park in the 1500 block of North Bentalou Street on June 12, have been identified as Darrius Harrison, a 17-year-old African-American male, and Djuan Anderson, a 17-year-old African-American male. The man shot while walking in the 3100 block of Brighton Street on June 13 was Andre Wallace, a 27-year-old African-American man. And the man found stabbed under a carport in the 2900 block of Hamilton Avenue was Samuel Bobrow, a 30-year-old man whose race has been listed as "other" by the police.

Tuesday, June 17

6:10 p.m. Sandy Howard, a 23-year-old African-American woman, was driving in the 4100 block of Hyden Court in Brooklyn, when someone started shooting at her car. Howard was shot in the back and died. She had two passengers in the car--one was shot in the hand and hip, the other was shot in the buttocks. Both survived. On June 21, police arrested Howard Drummond, a 26-year-old African-American man, for the shootings.

10:23 p.m. Four hours after Howard was killed, police found Ronnie Ware, an 18-year-old African-American man, lying facedown on the floor of the Jusgo Deli in the 1800 block of Clifton Avenue in the Mondawmin neighborhood. Ware had been shot in the body and head and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 11:18 p.m.

Thursday, June 19

11:05 p.m. Brian Goodwin, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 500 block of Bloom Street in Druid Heights. He died at Shock Trauma at 3:51 a.m. the next day.

11:38 p.m. Half an hour later, a man was shot numerous times in the 400 block of West 28th Street in Remington. He died the next day at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 12:18 a.m. Police are waiting until the victim's family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Friday, June 20

9:15 p.m. A blue Toyota was double parked in the 800 block of Battery Avenue in Federal Hill. There were a lot of people in and around the car. Some people got into the car and it started to drive off. A gun was fired inside the car, the car stopped, and Keyva Bluitt, a 35-year-old African-American man, was rolled out of it into the street. The car then drove off. Bluitt had been shot in the chest and died at Shock Trauma less than an hour later.

Sunday, June 22

12:30 a.m. Police were called to the scene of a serious shooting in the 3200 block of Sequoia Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. When they arrived they were met by the mother of Marcus Caldwell, a 23-year-old African-American man. Caldwell's mother said she came outside and found her son sitting in a minivan with bullet holes in its left side. Caldwell was shot in the back and was dead.

5:58 a.m. A person jogging in the 200 block of East Montgomery Street in Federal Hill, around the corner from where Keyva Bluitt was killed, found a body lying on the sidewalk and called police. Stephan Walters, a 24-year-old African-American man, had been shot repeatedly and was dead. Police received calls for gunshots in the area around 2:30 a.m. but did not find Walters at that time. Walters was the second person murdered in Federal Hill in 48 hours. Walters was also the 100th person murdered this year.

6:10 a.m. Ten minutes after a jogger discovered Walters' body, a person walking a dog in the 1300 block of Nanticoke Street in Pigtown found the body of a Caucasian female lying on the pavement. The woman had been strangled to death. Police are waiting until her family has been notified of her death, to release her name.

8:30 p.m. Romie Ziegler, a 21-year-old African-American man, was standing on the corner of Bloom and Brunt streets when someone walked up to him and shot him in the back of the head. Ziegler died at Shock Trauma. Ziegler is the second person shot in the 500 block of Bloom Street in three days.

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