Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 229 murders this year

The murder-per-day pace continues as the son of a police commander allegedly stabs his roommate to death and six other Baltimoreans are killed.

Monday, Aug. 31


6:12 p.m. Theophilus Ruffin, a 49-year-old African-American man, got into a dispute on the 4900 block of Challedon Road with his roommate, 28-year-old Melvin Russell, who is the son of Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, who heads up the department's Community Collaboration Unit. Both Ruffin and Russell were stabbed multiple times, and Ruffin died. Russell was treated at a hospital for his wounds, and released. He has been charged with murder.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

1:19 a.m. Keith Gale, a 29-year-old African-American man, was on the 500 block of North Freemont Avenue when someone shot him in the upper body. Police and medics found him there; he died at a hospital shortly thereafter. Police say they have no suspects and are looking for witnesses.

10:18 p.m. Antoine Smith, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was on the 2300 block of North Ellamont Street with a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman, when all three of them were shot. Smith died at a hospital from bullet wounds to his upper body. The other two victims were treated and released.

Thursday, Sept. 3

12:54 a.m. Lamont Montague, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 3000 block of Wylie Avenue when someone shot him. Police found him in the street with a bullet wound in his upper torso. He died in a hospital at about 9:30 a.m.

4:30 p.m. Kason Williams, a 33-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of 9th and East Jeffrey streets in Brooklyn when someone shot him in the back. Police found a car crashed on the 3600 block of Saint Victors Street and took at least one person of interest into custody, but they did not announce an arrest. Police said Williams lived on the 400 block of North Kenwood Avenue.

Friday, Sept. 4

2:30 a.m. Terry Whittaker, a 35-year-old Caucasian man who police say was homeless, was on the unit block of West North Avenue in Station North when someone stabbed him multiple times. Police found him there, and medics took him to a hospital, where he died.

Monday, Sept. 7

10:30 p.m. Stonie Baker, a 45-year-old African-American man, was unloading his car on the 4000 block of Edgewood Road when someone came up and shot him several times. Baker was dead a half-hour later in the hospital. Police have no suspect or motive.