Murder Ink: 10 murders this week, 257 murders this year

On a week in which a mass shooter in Oregon made headlines nationwide by killing nine and wounding nine others, Baltimore topped that carnage. Baltimore Police tallied 10 homicides along with one other "suspicious death." At least seven others were shot, including four in a single incident at a shopping center. Among the dead: a 71-year-old man and a 5-month-old baby girl. Among the shot last week: a 9-year-old girl. New York Times stories about it: 0.

Tuesday, Sept. 29


3:15 p.m. Brian Johnson, a 29-year-old African-American man, was on the 5200 block of Windsor Mill Road at the confluence of the Dickeyville, Wakefield, and Franklintown neighborhoods near the city's western border, when someone shot him in the chest. He died the next day.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

8:50 p.m. A man police have not yet further identified publicly was shot to death on the 4700 block of Parkside Drive, in the Parkside neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore. Police found the man hit several times in the upper body. Medics brought him to a hospital where he died later.

9:55 p.m. Deyquawn Cooper, a 21-year-old African-American man, was on the 1800 block of Penrose Avenue in Franklin Square when someone shot him in the upper body. Medics got him to a hospital, where he died.

Friday, Oct. 2

12:15 a.m. A 36-year-old man who police have not yet publicly identified was shot on the 5900 block of Cross Country Boulevard in the Mount Washington neighborhood. The man died soon after at a hospital. Police are looking for suspects and a motive.

3:00 p.m. James Gaylord, a 71-year-old African-American man who resided on the 400 block of Winston Avenue, was among five people shot at the shopping center on the 5400 block of Reisterstown Road in Woodmere. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. A police officer patrolling was flagged down by people who reported the shooting. Along with Gaylord, the officer found a 54-year-old man, a 41-year-old woman, a 33-year-old man, and a 26-year-old man, all of whom were hospitalized in stable condition.

9:50 p.m. A 20-year-old man who police have not yet further identified was shot in an alley behind the 1700 block of Sherwood Avenue in Loch Raven. Police found him there and got him an ambulance, but the man died an hour later at the hospital.

Saturday, Oct. 3

2:00 a.m. Police called for a shooting found a man on the 100 block of Mount Street, four blocks from where Juanito Mosquita was shot to death five days before, and about five blocks from where Deyquawn Cooper was killed three days before. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have not identified the man.

5:03 p.m. Police were called to a home on the 6400 block of Sefton Avenue in the Westfield neighborhood for an unresponsive infant. There they found Noran Lee Torbet, a 5-month-old girl, dead. She had passed the stage of rigor mortis. Police say the baby's father, Jeffrey McKinney, a 23-year-old Caucasian man, eventually told detectives that he had become frustrated with her crying and put a pillow over her face. He later panicked when he realized she was unresponsive, and placed the baby at the edge of the mattress against the wall with more pillows on top of her before asking other family members if they had seen her. When they found her it was too late. McKinney is charged with first-degree child abuse and second-degree murder.

5:30 p.m. A 25-year-old man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot to death on the 3000 block of Janice Avenue on the Lakeland neighborhood of South Baltimore. Police are looking for witnesses.

Sunday, Oct. 4

10:00 a.m. Police found a man, who they have not yet publicly identified, on the 1100 block of Orleans Street in Oldtown. The man had been shot. He died soon after at a hospital.



On Sept. 30 police arrested Aubrey Stokes and prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the March 27 death of Travis Dixon, a 27-year-old African-American man who was stabbed on the 2200 block of Chelsea Terrace.