Murder Ink 12/7/16: 9 murders this week; 296 murders this year

A day with five homicides, including a mass shooting and double-murder kicked off the week, which ended with three unidentified bodies found in a house in Harlem Park, all shot to death. Baltimore added nine more dead bodies to the year's murder tally, edging inexorably toward its second year of more than 300 homicides.

Wednesday, Nov. 30


8:50 a.m. Dwayne Dorsey, a 27-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head while on the 900 block of N. Broadway. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is four blocks from where he was shot. Dorsey had lived on the 6800 block of Sturbridge Drive in Parkville.

3:20 p.m. Byron Bazemore, a 41-year-old African-American man, was on the 1400 block of E. Preston Street when someone shot him in the head. Medics took him to a hospital, where he lived until Dec. 1. Bazemore had resided on the 1800 block of Lafayette Street.

6 p.m. Six people hanging out in front of a carry-out store on the 2900 block of Garrison Boulevard were shot by a lone gunman. Davon Dozier, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Troy Smothers, a 29-year-old African-American man, both died. Another man was hit with bullets and was in critical condition, and another man and two women were also hit by gunfire but had lesser injuries. The mass-shooting was also the fourth double-murder in Baltimore this year. Police Spokesman T.J. Smith said it was a targeted execution, probably in retaliation for an earlier incident in the same area. Both victims lived on the 3500 block of Fairview Avenue. Police released a security camera video of the murderer shooting the victims, and drew attention to the suspect's left hand

10:41 p.m. Jamal Stewart, an 18-year-old African-American man, was on the 3500 block of Fairview Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the head and torso. He was dead when police found him. This is the block on which the Davon Dozier and Troy Smothers, who were killed two blocks away less than five hours before, lived. There was a murder a block north of this location in September, and a block south in January.

Friday, Dec. 2

4:00 p.m. A 73-year-old man who police have not yet publicly identified was near the intersection of Pulaski Highway and Highland Avenue when he encountered and argued with a younger man, who stabbed him in the stomach and walked away. The man died soon after at a hospital. Police released video of the attack and later announced that the suspect, Christopher Straham, was "public enemy number one." Straham, who is 19 years old, has prior arrests for theft, assault, and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police said the victim was homeless and they were keeping his name secret because they had not yet located his next of kin as of Monday afternoon.

Sunday, Dec. 4

5:45 p.m. Police were called by fire fighters to a home on the 900 block of Bennett Place in Harlem Park. Inside they found three dead bodies, all men, all shot. They had not publicly released the identities of the victims as of press time.

Monday, Dec. 5

12:50 p.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot in the body on the 100 block of N. Eutaw Street, near Lexington Market. Police on patrol heard the shots and rushed to the scene to render CPR while medics were on the way. The man died at a hospital shortly thereafter.


The man shot inside a house on the 4000 block of Duvall Avenue on November 26 was Jacob Hayes, a 22-year-old African-American man who lived there.