14-year-old Brooklyn boy dies of gunshot wound

Baltimore Sun reporter

A 14-year-old Brooklyn boy died tonight at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after he was shot by an unknown assailant near a Baltimore city fire station, police said.

Steven Graham, of the 500 block of Annabel Ave., was a few blocks away near the intersection of Maude Avenue and 4th Street at about 7:30 p.m. when he was shot, possibly by at least one occupant of a car that sped away, police said. Graham fell to the pavement nearly in front of Engine Co. 35 and was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died a short time later.

Graham's killing came hours after an unidentified man was found shot on the first floor of a West Baltimore rowhouse this morning.

Police responding to a report of a shooting in the 2000 block of N. Dukeland St. about 10:20 a.m. today found a man lying on the first floor of a rowhouse bleeding from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said. The unidentified man was taken by ambulance to Bon Secours Hospital, where he died a short time later. Fingerprints were to be used to identify the victim.

Also today, police said that a man who was severely beaten in May died several weeks later while in the care of a hospice service.

On May 24, Lyle Dimeler, 53, of the 1400 block of Christopher Court in Baltimore County, was found lying between two houses in the 400 block of S. Calhoun St. bleeding from wounds sustained in a severe stomping of his head and torso. Police said Dimeler was taken to Shock Trauma, then later transferred to a hospice center, where he died Aug. 2.

Police said an autopsy determined that Dimeler died as a result of the injuries sustained in the stomping and that his death has been ruled a homicide. No arrests have been made in any of the slayings.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in any of the slayings.

As of today there have 199 homicides in the city, compared to 262 the same time in 2007, police said.

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