Murder Ink: 6 murders this week, 235 murders this year

There were three days in a row without a recorded murder. Then on Sept. 11 there were three murders in less than two hours. On Sept. 14 the lame-duck mayor named the interim police chief the permanent police chief.

Friday, Sept. 11


9:42 p.m. Romel Simms, a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 3800 block of Clifton Avenue with several friends when a gray four-door Buick pulled up and an African-American man got out from the passenger side, ran up to Simms, and shot him several times. The gunman then ran off. Simms, who lived around the block on the 2100 block of Mount Holley Street, died.

9:52 p.m. Minutes after the last murder, four and a half miles due east, Kirk Butler, a 45-year-old African-American man, was on the 2400 block of Barclay Street near his residence when someone shot him and a 9-year-old girl. Butler died at a hospital soon after. The girl was treated and released.

11:07 p.m. Thomas Meehan, a 26-year-old Caucasian man who resided in Dundalk, was near the playground on the 6100 block of Fortview Way in Medford when someone shot him multiple times. He died soon after in a hospital. Police are looking for witnesses.

Saturday, Sept. 12

3:30 p.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot multiple times on the 1900 block of Vine Street. He died soon after. Police are looking for witnesses.

Sunday, Sept. 13

4 a.m. Troy Mitter, a 34-year-old African-American man, was in a red Pontiac Grand Am at the Citgo gas station on the 2300 block of Harford Road when someone shot him in the head. A 53-year-old man in the passenger seat of the car was also shot in the left arm and survived.

Monday, Sept. 14

2:30 a.m. Police called for a shooting found a 39-year-old man, who they have not yet further identified, on the 5100 block of Arbutus Avenue in the tiny Langston Hughes neighborhood. He was shot more than once in the upper body, and died soon after at a hospital. His is the third murder this year in that neighborhood.