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Murder Ink 6/4/14

A man in a car that was stolen after the double-shooting that killed Oscar Torres in the early hours on Memorial Day crashed during an apparent pursuit by city police (though a police spokesman says the officers were not chasing the suspect), killing a 12-year-old girl, Shanizya Taft. Taft's death is not considered a murder by police, though they do consider the suspect, who fled on foot after running a red light and hitting a minivan, armed and dangerous. Meanwhile, a woman in a rage ran down two others, including a 2-year-old boy, who were sitting on church steps. The murder rate remains 16 shy of last year's count by this day.

Wednesday, May 28

9:03 p.m. Latoya Skipwith, a 25-year-old African-American woman, and her son, Joshua Carter, a 2-year-old African-American boy, were on the front steps of a church on the 1900 block of W. Franklin Street when Lucresha Mints, a 28-year-old African-American woman, argued with Skipwith, according to police and media reports. Mints then got into an Acura and rammed them, killing both and injuring a 7-year-old girl before driving away. Police arrested Mints, who worked as a nurses' aide at Maryland General Hospital, the next day. She is charged with first-degree murder.

Saturday, May 31

12:04 a.m. Eric Howard, a 48-year-old African-American man, was sitting on his front porch at 109 Denison St. in the Allendale neighborhood when, police say, at least two men pulled up in a van and shot him. He was hit in the chest. He died at 12:37 a.m.

1:59 a.m. Patricia Lynn Harwood, a 50-year-old Caucasian woman whose home address, according to court records, is in Frederick, was at 40 S. Stockton St., in the Hollins Market neighborhood. Neighbors heard a disturbance and called police, who found Harwood in the building with a stab wound in her chest. She was taken to a hospital but she died at 2:31 a.m., three days before her 51st birthday.

Sunday, June 1

10:49 p.m. Two long blocks from where Eric Howard was killed a day and a half before, a man who police have not yet identified publicly was on the 100 block of S. Kossuth St. when he was shot several times. Medics took him to a hospital, where he died.

11:34 p.m. A half hour after the shooting on Kossuth, a man was stabbed to death about three miles away on the 1800 block of N. Fulton Ave. in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Police found the man, who they had not yet publicly identified at press time, on the street with multiple stab wounds and got him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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