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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/15/2004

Murders this week: 6
Murders this year: 204

Monday, Sept. 6

10:20 p.m. Officers doing a routine patrol in Northwest Baltimore heard gun shots. They investigated and found 24-year-old African-American man Carl Dubose lying the parking lot of the Rite Aid in the 3800 block of Liberty Heights Avenue in Forest Park. Dubose, who was from Northeast Baltimore’s Belair-Edison neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 11:03 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

9:45 p.m. Bashmir Banks, a 25-year-old African-American man, was driving with a friend in the 800 block of West Fayette Street in the Poppleton neighborhood, when they stopped to talk to a woman. While they were talking, an unknown African-American man came up to them and began arguing with Banks. Another unknown African-American man then started firing at Banks, who jumped back in the car and sped off. But Banks had been hit in the chest and he lost consciousness while driving, hitting another car. His friend moved into the driver’s seat and took Banks to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. Banks is the 200th person murdered in Baltimore City this year.

10:35 p.m. Less than an hour later, Kenneth Hopkins, a 40-year-old African-American man, was walking with a friend down East North Avenue between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue when, his friend later told police, she heard gun shots. She dropped to the ground and when she looked up she saw that Hopkins’ head was bleeding. He died early the next morning at Shock Trauma. The shooting took place right outside the headquarters for the Baltimore City Public School System.

Friday, Sept. 10

2:45 a.m. Officers received a call for a shooting in the 3300 block of Lyndale Avenue in the Northeast Baltimore’s Four by Four neighborhood. When they arrived they found Canton resident Robert Wayne Clark, a 29-year-old white male. Clark was suffering from multiple chest wounds but had managed to walk to someone’s front porch and ask for help before collapsing. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where it turned out that he was actually stabbed, not shot. This was the second murder in Four by Four in two weeks and the third for the year.

Saturday, Sept. 11

3:20 a.m. Back in Northwest, a group of people were hanging out in front of a house in the 2800 block of Waldorf Avenue when someone opened fire. Three people in front of the house were shot, including 17-year-old African-American Anthony Wilson, the scene’s only fatal victim. Wilson had an adult criminal record in Baltimore City. A man walking around the corner on Reisterstown Road heard the shots, felt a sharp pain in the back of his shoulder, and realized he had been struck by a stray bullet. He survived.

Sunday, Sept. 12

10:25 p.m. A man left an East Baltimore liquor store at the corner of Patterson Park and North avenues and was walking to his car when two unknown African-American men approached him. They fought, and the victim tried to run but was shot repeatedly and killed. He has not yet been identified.

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