Murder Ink: 6 murders this week, 149 murders this year

The Fourth of July holiday was relatively quiet but the pace picked up Sunday and Monday, capping a week in Baltimore during which two people were shot to death the day after their birthdays, and a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death a couple of blocks from his residence. Police reportedly identified a woman who apparently committed suicide by jumping from a downtown parking garage, and also identified the dead infant who was found in the woman’s car afterward. There were 22 non-fatal shootings recorded during the week.

Monday, June 29

4:14 p.m. Ivan Cox Jr. had just turned 21 the day before he was shot in the head on the 3000 block of Elizabeth Avenue, in the Lakeland neighborhood near the city’s southern border. The African-American man who resided in Windsor Mill made it to the hospital where he died soon after. Police are looking for witnesses.

Thursday, July 2

1:41 p.m. Nathaniel Wheeler, a 31-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of Auchentoroly Terrace and North Fulton Avenue on the border of the Penn North and Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhoods when he was shot to death. It was the day after his birthday too. Wheeler resided on the unit block of Neptune Court, according to police, who arrested two suspects—Davon Vennie and Keyon Jackson—after a high-speed chase. Police say Sgt. Hillary Davis was on patrol when she heard gunfire and saw the white Acura speed away. She followed them up I-83 and off, to Ash Street where the men were arrested. “They attempted to park the car and just sort of walk away gingerly but they didn’t realize I guess that the helicopter was right above them,” Davis told reporters at a press conference. Police did not catch the third person in the car, nor did they recover a gun.
9:17 p.m. Josh Remus Burnett, a 15-year-old African-American boy, was on the 3700 block of West Rogers Avenue, two long blocks from his home on the 3500 block of West Belvedere Avenue, when someone stabbed him at least once in the body. He died in a hospital soon after that.

Friday, July 3

8:51 p.m. Keith Glascoe, a 50-year-old African-American man, was on the 3400 block of West Caton Avenue, where he lived, when he was shot in the chest. He died soon after at a hospital. Police arrested Larry Dixon Sr. for the crime after he told responding police, “how can I not be excited I just shot someone.” Police recovered a 12-gauge shotgun from the house.

Sunday, July 5

4:01 p.m. A 26-year-old man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot near the intersection of 20th Street and Kennedy Avenue, in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. The man died at a hospital soon after.

Monday, July 6

9:57 a.m. A 22-year-old man was shot in the head on the unit block of North Gilmor Street in the Franklin Square neighborhood. Police found him there, medics took him to a hospital, and the man, who police have not yet identified publicly, died there within an hour or so.


WBAL-TV reported that the name of the woman who had reportedly jumped from an upper floor of the Market Place Garage on June 23 was 34-year-old Sahar Pourrajabi. Police found a 5-month-old infant dead in the car Pourrajabi was driving. The infant's name was Sina Masoodi, the station reported, citing police.