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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/18/2004

Murders this week: 5
Murders this year: 180

The names of four unidentified homicide victims from the last two weeks have been released by Baltimore police. The African-American male who died on July 26 in the 4100 block of Newton Avenue was 30-year-old Harold Pringle. He lived just a few blocks from where he was shot in Northwest Baltimore’s Woodmere neighborhood. Robert Russell, a 21-year-old African-American from the Perring Loch neighborhood near Morgan State University, was the man who was shot to death during a robbery in the 2500 block of Garrett Avenue on Aug. 6. The man found dead and decomposing in his home in the 2200 block of East Eager Street that same day was 44-year-old African-American Shawuan Burrell. He had been shot three times in the head. And the man found lying in the middle of the 4800 block of Herring Run Drive in Lauraville on Aug. 7 was 19-year-old African-American Michael Keitt.


Monday, Aug. 9

9:45 p.m. Daniel Bowser, a 20-year-old African-American male, left his home in the 300 block of Lehigh Street in Southeast Baltimore. A few minutes later gunshots were heard and there was a banging at the door. When Bowser’s girlfriend answered it she found him standing in the doorway holding his bleeding neck. He had been shot repeatedly. He took a few steps into the house and collapsed. Bowser was taken to Bayview Medical Center where he died an hour and a half later. According to police, Bowser had an extensive criminal record. The next day, James Dick, a 28-year-old white male who lives in the 400 block of Gusryan Street, was arrested and charged with the crime.


Tuesday, Aug. 10

11:11 p.m. Officers responded to a call on the 2000 block on Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill near John Eager Howard Elementary School. When they got there they found an African-American male lying on the ground. He had been shot in the face. The man had no identification on him at the time but was later identified as 26-year-old Ronald Holmes. He lived a few blocks away on Newington Avenue. This is the first murder in Reservoir Hill this year.


Thursday, Aug. 12

1:08 a.m. Northeast Baltimore’s Frankford neighborhood racked up its sixth murder of the year when officers responded to a call for a gun discharging in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road. When they got there they found an unidentified person who was obviously wounded. The individual was taken to Bayview and pronounced dead less than an hour later. The victim’s family has not yet been notified, and no further information has been released about the case.

2:30 a.m. An hour and a half later, two men were hanging out in the 4700 block of Alhambra Avenue near the intersection of Cold Spring Lane and York Road when shots were fired. One man was shot but was able to flee. The other, Leroy Roberts, fell where he was shot in the middle of the street. By the time the police arrived, he was already dead. Roberts was a 36-year-old African-American from East Baltimore.


Saturday, Aug. 14

12:53 a.m. Officers responded to a call for a shooting in the 2500 block of East Monument Street in McElderry Park. When they got there they found a 24-year-old African-American male, Andre Adams, in front of Q’s Bar suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead half an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Four other people have been murdered on East Monument Street this year, including a man who was found stabbed to death in the middle of the day.

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