Murder Ink: 4/22/15

Baltimore saw an average week for homicides that count on this score card: four deaths, including a double murder on Garrison Avenue on Friday night. But the week was dominated by a killing not listed here: Police say Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, ran from bicycle police for no apparent reason. So they chased him down and, finding a “switchblade” on him, arrested Gray. The arrest was videotaped up until the time he was loaded in a police transport vehicle. Gray ended up in a coma, his spinal cord 80 percent severed, according to his family’s lawyer, then he died Sunday at Shock Trauma. In another incident, a Capitol Police officer in Coldstream Homestead Montebello fired a gun at a person who allegedly stole the officer’s personal vehicle—with the police officer’s special-needs child still inside. The child was unhurt and the vehicle was later recovered.

Monday, April 13

11:35 p.m. Kevin Hill, a 19-year-old African-American man, was on the 3900 block of Flowerton Road in Edmondson when someone shot him and a 23-year-old woman police have not identified. Hill was hit in the stomach and died at a hospital soon after, The woman was hit in the leg and is expected to survive, according to police.

Friday, April 17

3:25 a.m. Mark Nicholson, a 51-year-old African-American man, was on the 3400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue, where he resided on the border between the Forest Park and Ashburton neighborhoods, when someone shot him multiple times. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
10:57 p.m. Two people were shot to death on the 2800 block of W. Garrison Avenue in the Cylburn neighborhood, less than three miles from where Nicholson was killed earlier in the day. Jamal Roseborough, an African-American man a few weeks shy of his 19th birthday, lived about three blocks from where he was killed. The other victim, who was also shot multiple times, was Troy Palmer, a 22-year-old African-American man. He and Roseborough lived a few houses apart on Oakley Avenue, records indicate.