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Police ID man killed Monday in shooting that injured son

Ralph Timmons, 34, was killed in the 1900 block of Bentalou St.

By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

7:36 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

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Baltimore police said the man killed in Monday's double shooting in West Baltimore was the father of the 11-year-old boy also injured in the attack.

Ralph Timmons, 34, was fatally shot in the 1900 block of Bentalou St. on Monday night, police said Wednesday. The shooting also wounded Timmons' 11-year-old son, who ran out of the house where the shooting took place and summoned two police officers who were on foot patrol.

Police quickly took two men into custody: John Knox, 21, of the 4800 block of Woodmere Ave., and Joseph Oglesby, 37, of Princess Ann. They are each charged with first-degree murder, four counts of assault, and multiple gun and burglary charges. Police and court records did not list attorneys for either man Wednesday, and relatives could not be reached.

The boy, who was wounded below his waist, is expected to survive. Police are not releasing his name.

The shooting of the young father and son in the Greater Mondawmin neighborhood continued to reverberate among community leaders in West Baltimore. Sixteen people have been killed this year in the 3-square-mile area that makes up the Western District — more than half of all people killed in the district in 2012.

Baltimore civil rights leader Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham Sr., past president of Baltimore's NAACP branch, called Tuesday for an "emergency all-day summit" in West Baltimore with the mayor, council members, police and residents.

The summit would discuss issues related to the scourge of drug sales and distribution, the easy acquisition of guns, unemployment, anger management and substance abuse treatment, as well as police and community partnerships and youth recreational opportunities.

"I'm getting active in this issue as a homeowner and a resident," Cheatham said. "I'm a lifelong resident of Baltimore and a homeowner. I'm directly affected by what's happening here."

He emphasized that residents, in concert with police, need to take control of their communities by reporting and watching out for crime, mentoring children and attending police meetings.

"My emphasis is talking to men," he said. "We need the men to step up more. When I go to community meetings, I see women. When I go to PTA meetings, I see women. … Thirty-one percent of all homicides [are] taking place in West Baltimore. That's a crisis."

Police also emphasized many of these broad themes at a community meeting last week at Celebration Church on North Monroe St., where Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and other top commanders urged residents to report crimes and suspicious activity and get to know patrol officers who have been flooding their neighborhoods in response to the increase in shootings.

Batts also discussed the possibility of creating sports leagues or programs in West Baltimore for area youth and asked residents to work with police on identifying drug dens in their neighborhoods.

On Wednesday morning, after police briefed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Western District crime strategies, she said she believed police's strategies are working.

"In order to get at the violence that's happening now, we have to bolster our intelligence," Rawlings-Blake said. "We're forcing a lot of incidents inside [homes] because of the work we're doing on the street, which means we have to continue to focus on violent offenders, but also get smarter about who's doing this and getting to some of the retaliatory incidents."

She said police will continue to focus on arresting violent offenders, but also on enhanced intelligence-gathering.

Last month, police began calling on hundreds of detectives and sworn officers in administrative positions to serve on foot patrol shifts to tamp down the violence. The move came in response to the city's rising homicide totals — which stood at 52 on Wednesday, eight more than the same time last year.

The temporary initiative was set to end this month, but police said foot patrols, at least in the Western District, would continue for the foreseeable future.

Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.

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