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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/10/2008

Murders Aug. 25-31: 8
Murders This Week 3
Murders This Year: 152

Due to the holiday last week, this week's column covers homicides from Aug. 29 through Sept. 7.

Friday, Aug. 29

6:15 p.m. The owner of Joe's Garage, a gas and service station in the 4200 block of Wabash Avenue, was working on a car when two men, whose faces were covered with bandannas, came up to him. They walked the station owner into the garage at gunpoint, at which point the owner, who had a gun in his pocket, was able to get his own gun out and fire at the two men. Delawntae Finley, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest and collapsed. The other man ran away. The owner, who according to police had a permit to carry the gun, called 911 and gave the gun to police. Finley died less than an hour later at an area hospital. The station owner, whose name has not been released by police, has not been charged with a crime as a result of this incident, though Finley's death is still on the homicide rolls, according to police.

Saturday, Aug. 30

1:30 a.m. Levon McCray, a 23-year-old African-American man, was found shot in the head in the 900 block of Valley Street near the Baltimore Detention Center. A police camera in the area showed a group of people hanging out by a van and leaning against a silver Kia Spectra. The camera turned 365 degrees. When it returned to that spot, the van and the people were gone. The Kia was still there. It was running, the keys were in the ignition, and the radio was playing. McCray died before he could be taken to a hospital.

Sunday, Aug. 31

5:59 p.m. People standing on a porch in the 4200 block of Frederick Road in Irvington heard gunshots and saw Durrell Aldridge, a 24-year-old African American man, running from the 200 block of South Woodington Street. Aldridge had been shot in the chest and was bleeding. The people on the porch called 911, and Aldridge was taken to an area hospital where he died half an hour later. A witness saw a man run from the scene and jump into a gray pickup truck with tinted windows and temporary tags.

9:10 p.m. Later that night a mile away, there was another shooting. Reginald Carter, a 19-year-old African-American male, was walking with a 24-year-old African-American man in the 400 block of South Longwood Street. A dark-colored sedan drove up, and people in that car said something to Carter. He responded in an argumentative fashion, according to police. The sedan then sped off, only to return a few minutes later. The people got out of the car and exchanged some words with Carter, then one of the people took out a gun and shot at Carter and the man he was with. Carter was shot in the chest. The other man was hit in the right arm. The people from the sedan got back in the car and fled the scene. Carter died at an area hospital at 9:58 p.m. The other man survived.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

6:23 p.m. Tyrone Bowie, a 26-year-old African-American man, was standing outside a liquor store in the 2100 block of Ashland Avenue in East Baltimore, when two people walked up to him and shot him in the back of the head. He died at an area hospital the next day.

Saturday, Sept. 6

1:45 a.m. Shirley Johnson, a 44-year-old African-American woman, got into an argument with her boyfriend in the living room of her home in the 1100 block of Woodington Road in Edmondson Village. The fight turned physical, and her boyfriend allegedly stabbed her repeatedly in the head and neck. She died at an area hospital at 2:35 a.m. Her boyfriend fled and has not been apprehended. Johnson is the 24th female murdered this year. At least nine of those murders are believed to be a result of domestic violence.

2:28 a.m. Police were called to a shooting in the 200 block of Harmison Street in Carrollton Ridge. When they arrived they found two African-American women, who had been shot in the legs, in a nearby house. Andre Harris, a 23-year-old African-American man, was then found in an alley shot repeatedly in the upper body. Another victim, an adult African-American man, returned to the scene with a gunshot wound to his hand. All four victims were taken to an area hospital. The two women and the man who was shot in the hand were treated and released. Harris died at 2:55 a.m.


Willondon Pettiford, a 17-year-old African-American male, was indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on Sept. 4 for the murder of Matthew Scarborough. According to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, Scarborough, a 16-year-old Caucasian male, was in an apartment with four other people in the 500 block of Castle Drive in North Baltimore's Lake Walker neighborhood on Aug. 7 when they were allegedly robbed at gunpoint by Pettiford and unidentified others. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Pettiford shot Scarborough when he did not respond quickly enough to his demands.

Also on Sept. 4, the grand jury indicted Alice Collins, a 37-year-old African-American woman, for the murder of Elizabeth Queensbury. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Collins entered the Family Dollar Store in the 1200 block of West Pratt Street, near the B&O Railroad Museum, before it opened on July 21. Collins allegedly planned to rob the store. Queensbury, a 51-year-old African-American woman and assistant manager at the store, came to open the store, surprising Collins, who police say struggled with Queensbury and then stabbed her. According to police, Queensbury was stabbed repeatedly throughout her body.

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