Amid a stepped up enforcement for St. Patrick's Day-related festivities that was hailed as successful, Baltimore Police were dealing with a spate of violence over the weekend elsewhere in the city.
Three people were killed Sunday in apparently unrelated incidents, and police were also investigating a double-shooting that injured two early Saturday morning in East Baltimore.
And Monday started off with homicide detectives dispatched to the Remington neighborhood of North Baltimore for a serious shooting around 10 a.m. Few details were immediately available, but police said the shooting occurred in the 2700 block of Fox St.
-Detectives have made an arrest in the first killing that occurred Sunday, at the city's Code Blue homeless shelter. Gary Burton, 50, was charged with first-degree murder after witnesses identified him as the person who stabbed another man inside the shelter at around 5:18 a.m. He was apprehended while walking in the 500 block kof N. Milton St. The victim's identity has not been released pending notification of his next of kin, police said.
Earlier this month, the city cleared an encampment near the Jones Falls Expressway where as many as 18 people lived. The men and women at the encampment said they refused to stay at the shelter because of safety concerns and sanitation issues.
"Our first concern is to make sure everyone is taken care of and to make sure they're comfortable," said Linda Boyer, executive director of Jobs, Housing and Recovery, the program contracted by the city to run the shelter.
-About six hours later, police were called to the 1800 block of Ruxton Ave., near Coppin State University in West Baltimore, and saw a 2001 Honda Accord in the middle of the street, riddled with bullets on the driver's side. Police said the driver, Terrence Rheubottom, 27, was found inside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center a short time later. Police did not provide a motive.
-At about 9:35 p.m. that night, police responding to reports of a shooting in the 3700 block of Manchester Ave. found Alexander Moulton, 29, in the driver's seat of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died less than an hour later, police said.
Throughout the weekend, police touted a slew of initiatives to keep St. Patrick's Day partying under control, including plainclothes officers, DUI checkpoints, a newly-formed Social Club Task Force to check on bar crowds, and enforcement of a juvenile curfew. Last year, hundreds of teens converged downtown amid warm weather, causing disturbances that police were not prepared for. But there was also no indication that there was any connection between the crowd and the calendar date.
Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun