Murder Ink
This Week: 6
This Year: 121
The murder rate jumped again last week as multi-victim-shootings proliferated and a 3-year-old child was killed in a drive-by. Police stepped up patrols and other tactics to quell the violence. Last year by this date there were 146 homicides recorded in Baltimore City.

Wednesday, July 30

12:35 a.m. Kajuan Guinn, a 21-year-old African-American man, was in the Chinese carry-out on the 4900 block of Reisterstown Road with another man when someone came in and shot them both. Guinn died at 1:14 a.m. at a hospital; the other victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

Thursday, July 31

1:01 a.m. Dominic Tales, a 19-year-old African-American man, was with another man on the 900 block of North Monroe Street, on the border between Harlem Park and Midtown Edmondson, when someone shot them both. Police found them a block northeast on the 1800 block of Mosher Street. Both men were taken to a hospital. Tales died soon after.
11:44 p.m. Devin Cook, a 20-year-old African-American man, was on the 4700 block of Wilern Avenue with another man when someone shot them both. Cook was hit multiple times in the torso and died on the street. Police found the second man on the 2700 block of Cold Spring Lane and medics took him to a hospital. This shooting happened a few blocks from the Chinese carry-out where two men were shot two nights before, killing one.

Friday, August 1

 1:50 a.m. A man who police had not yet identified at press time was on the 500 block of Yale Avenue when someone shot him in the chest. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:54 a.m.
3:51 p.m. McKenzie Elliott, a 3-year-old African-American girl, was sitting on her porch on the 3600 block of Old York Road in Waverly when a car at a nearby intersection started shooting at someone standing on a street corner. One bullet struck Elliott. A 21-year-old woman was also struck by stray gunfire. Both were taken to a hospital, where Elliott died. Elliott was the fourth child under 5 years old killed by homicide in Baltimore this year, the first by gunfire. Police say a man who arrived in a hospital with a gunshot wound shortly after the shootout is a “person of interest.”

Sunday, August 3

11:49 p.m. Keith Allen Laboard, a 27-year-old African-American man, was on the 500 block of Sheridan Avenue when someone shot him in the stomach. Someone flagged down a police car,  and medics transported Laboard to a hospital, where he died an hour later.