Murders this Week: 2; Murders this Year: 216

Two murders this week, plus the death of a man who was assaulted months ago, brought the city to within one of last year's total.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

The Baltimore Sun reported that the death of Earl Moulden, a 57-year-old African-American man who died on Oct. 15, was ruled a homicide. Moulden was on the 3500 block of 5th Street in Brooklyn on Aug. 30 when a man approached him, started an argument about "ownership of a wallet," and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, The Sun reported. Moulden, who lived on the 4100 block of Hyden Court, filed a report but did not identify his attacker. It is unclear whether he was hospitalized at all then. On Oct. 15 he complained of shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

6:30 p.m. On the 700 block of Linnard Street in Edmondson Village, Western District police found a 46-year-old man, whose name they have not yet released publicly, shot in the head. He was dead.

Saturday, Nov. 30

4:00 a.m. A Southern District patrolman on the 1000 block of East Patapsco Avenue found a man lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso. No 911 call for shots fired had come in and the man had no identification. The officer called for an ambulance but the man, whose name police have not yet released, died at a hospital. He was the 216th reported murder in the city this year, one short of last year's total. He was the fourth murder in Brooklyn this year. Three of those victims were found shot in the street, the last one was punched out while in the street.