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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/19/2005

Murders This Week: 12
Murders This Year: 19

After a particularly bloody week, there have been more murders so far this year in Baltimore City than there have been days. According to the Baltimore Police Department, all of the identified victims had arrest records, although there were no court records available for any cases involving Nathan Gulliver.

Monday, Jan. 10

7:54 p.m. Three men were shot and killed and another was injured at a shooting at a halfway house in Remington near Johns Hopkins University. Two men went to the halfway house in the 500 block of West 27th Street to reclaim a debt and ended up shooting Antown Arthur, a 38-year-old African-American; Nathan Gulliver, a 49-year-old African-American; and Steven Matthews, a 36-year-old Caucasian. A fourth man jumped out of a second-story window to escape the gunfire and was injured but survived. Derrick Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Thursday and charged with the crime.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

3 a.m. Eric Green, a 24-year-old African-American man from the Greenmount West neighborhood was found dead in the 3200 block of McElderry Street in East Baltimore. Green had been shot in the head.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

1:20 a.m. Andre Dyer, a 37-year-old African-American man from Philadelphia, was found lying on the ground in the 1300 block of Stricker Street in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. He had been shot repeatedly and was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A second victim had been shot repeatedly in the torso but survived.

Thursday, Jan. 13

12 a.m. Lamont Reid, a 33-year-old African-American man, died at Shock Trauma after spending a month in the hospital. On Dec. 18, Reid was standing at the corner of Mount and Lorman streets in Sandtown-Winchester with a group of people when two men approached. They talked briefly, and then one of the men opened fire, hitting Reid in the torso and legs. Reid ran down Mount Street toward his home in the 1300 block but collapsed.

Friday, Jan. 14

12:30 a.m. An unidentified Caucasian man was found lying on the pavement in the 300 block of East 20th Street in Barclay near Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School. He had been shot and was pronounced dead on his way to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police haven’t been able to identify him.

9:30 p.m. Police responded to a shooting in the 500 block of North Curley Street in East Baltimore and found a large crowd gathered. When the crowd dispersed, they found two men who had been shot: Dont’e Hopkins, a 20-year-old African-American man, and an 18-year-old African-American man who police have declined to identify. The two men were sitting on the steps in front of a vacant building when several men came up to them. They had an argument and then one of the men who had approached began shooting. The 18-year-old was struck in the left elbow and survived. Hopkins was hit in the torso and head. He was taken to Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead. This is the fourth multiple shooting that resulted in a homicide this year.

10 p.m. A half-hour later and about a mile away, an officer was driving through East Baltimore when he heard gunshots coming from the 1600 block of East Madison Street, near Broadway. When he arrived, he found Ralph Pritchett, a 22-year-old African-American man, lying in the street suffering from numerous gunshot wounds. Pritchett was taken to Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead a few minutes later.

Saturday, Jan. 15

1 a.m. Michael Zelaya, a 21-year-old Caucasian man, was found in the parking lot of the Relax Inn in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore—the same hotel in which Charles Bennett, a suspect in the July 3 murder of Baltimore Police officer Brian Winder, shot himself after being tracked down by police. Zelaya was lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to his mouth. Witnesses heard arguing and then shots. Medics pronounced Zelaya dead 10 minutes later.

2:20 a.m. A little more than an hour later in South Baltimore, Lawrence Fields, a 17-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed inside his home in the 2600 block of Huron Street in Mount Winans. Fields went to answer the door and someone on the other side fired through the door, hitting him in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma less than an hour later.

10:20 p.m. That night, Ricco McKinney, a 29-year-old African-American man, was standing at the corner of Bloomingdale and Brighton streets in West Baltimore when a man approached him, pulled out a gun, and shot him repeatedly. He was hit in the upper torso and face and was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma an hour later. The shooter was seen walking away. McKinney was the 15th African-American male to be murdered this year.

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