Murder Ink: 5 murders this week; 98 murders this year

Baltimore dodged bullets, literally, as the city tallied just five more homicides in a week when at least 20 people were shot. The police reported the condition of several of the non-fatal shooting victims as "unknown."

Tuesday, May 17


9:52 p.m. Kevin Lee Evans Jr., a 26-year-old African-American man (and older brother of the local rap artist Young Moose), was on the 4200 block of Sheldon Avenue when someone shot him. He died soon after at Johns Hopkins hospital. Evans had resided on the 2800 block of Erdman Avenue, police said.

Friday, May 20

5:50 a.m. A man who police have not identified publicly was shot near the intersection of Paca and Saratoga Streets, where the downtown neighborhood meets the University of Maryland campus. Police heard shots and found the man, who died soon after at Shock Trauma. Police say they believe it was a "targeted incident."

Sunday, May 22

10:56 p.m. Cortez Brown, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was shot on the 3500 block of Hayward Avenue, near Pimlico Race Course. While an ambulance got Brown to Sinai Hospital, police arrested Brandon Lucas, age 25. Brown died at the hospital, and police charged Lucas with attempted murder.

11:40 p.m. A 49-year-old woman who police have not yet further identified was sitting in her car on the 200 block of N. Stricker Street when someone shot her in the upper body. She died soon after at Shock Trauma.

Monday, May 23

1:15 p.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was on the 5400 block of Nelson Avenue when someone shot him in the upper body. He died soon after arriving at Sinai Hospital. Police think the suspect may have fled in a red vehicle. This shooting happened about five blocks from the one that took Cortez Brown's life 34 hours before.