Murder Ink: 11 murders this week, 108 murders this year

The carnage accelerates.

Tuesday, May 19

11:36 p.m. Police called for gunfire to the 500 block of North Pulaski Street in the Penrose/Fayette neighborhood found Michael Smith, a 42-year-old African-American man, shot multiple times. They also found a woman who was shot in the back. Smith died the next morning; the woman was hospitalized in critical and stable condition.

Wednesday, May 20

2:10 a.m. Jamar James, a 32-year-old African-American man, was shot in the abdomen on the 800 block of West Saratoga Street. He died soon afterward at a hospital. Police were initially called to the 900 block and received a second call for the 800 block before finding James.
3:55 p.m. Five people were shot in an incident around North Kenwood Avenue and East Madison Street in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood. Darrell Alston Jr., a 26-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and died. Among the four other victims was a 17-year-old boy. As the shooting started police responded to the 800 block of North Kenwood Avenue and saw a vehicle hit a parked car, after which people bailed out and ran. One of those men ran into a house. He had been shot in the arm. Police took him into custody at about 6:15 p.m. Another man who was in the car was also shot nonfatally. Madison Street was closed for hours during the evening rush.

Thursday, May 21

1:28 a.m. Charles Adams, a 57-year-old African-American man, was on the block where he lived, 1800 Ramblewood Road in Loch Raven, when he and another man were shot. Adams died soon after and the other man was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital.

Friday, May 22

11:06 p.m. A man who police have not yet publicly identified was on the first block of North Benkert Avenue in the St. Josephs neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore when someone shot him. Police were called to the intersection of North Hilton and West Baltimore streets, where they found him with at least one gunshot wound to the torso. He got to the hospital but died soon after.
11:51 p.m. Less than an hour later and less than two miles away, another man who police have not yet publicly identified was shot in the head while on the 1900 block of Wilhelm Street, in the Mount Clare neighborhood. Police responding to that shooting also found another man, who was shot in the neck. As police worked the scene they found a third victim, another man shot in the head. The first victim died soon after and the other two were listed in critical condition.

Saturday, May 23

1:33 p.m. A woman who police have not yet identified publicly by name was shot in the waist while on the 2000 block of Hollins Street, at the intersection with Payson. She died soon after. Two more people would be shot nonfatally a block away, on the 2100 block, the next day.
2:17 p.m. Five miles to the northeast, on the 2800 block of Saint Lo Drive, where the Clifton Park Golf Course borders Heritage High School, a man was shot in the chest. He died soon after at a hospital. Police had not publicly released his name as of press time.

Sunday, May 24

12:51 p.m. A man on the 900 block of Ducatel Street in Reservoir Hill was shot in the stomach multiple times. Police and medics responded and the man, whose name has not yet been released, was sent to a hospital. He died not long after that. Police are looking for witnesses.

Monday, May 25

12:29 a.m. Police were called for a shooting to the 800 block of West Fayette Street, and there found a man in a car, dying from gunshot wounds. They also found a woman in the street nearby, shot in the back. The man died. The woman was listed in critical but stable condition. The police have not released the dead man’s name or age yet. 
1:43 a.m. An hour and a quarter later and six miles away, police found a man who was shot in the leg and chest on the 5300 block of St. Georges Avenue in the Kenilworth Park neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. The man, who police did not identify by name, died soon after at a hospital. Two more people were shot in the same incident, police believe. A 17-year-old boy walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm, and an adult man came in with a graze wound to his head.


Police released the name of the man killed on May 15 on the 2400 block of East Hoffman Street. He was Wade McKinley Purvey Jr., a 29-year-old African-American man who lived on North Bentalou Street.
Police released the name of the man killed on May 17 on the 1700 block of North Carey Street. He was Shawn Hickman, a 22-year-old African-American man. His last known address was on the 3900 block of Edgewood Road, police said.

Police also charged a 21-year-old woman for the murder last year of her 1-month-old daughter. On May 19 police arrested Damira Latham and charged her with the first-degree murder of Melody Johnson. On Feb. 18, 2014, police responded to Latham's home on the 1100 block of Montpelier Street and found the baby not breathing. The medical examiner determined she had died of head injuries, but the manner was undetermined. On May 12 of this year, police interviewed Latham about a separate incident involving suspected child abuse, and, police say, Latham "confessed to being frustrated by the baby, while sitting, slamming the baby down on her legs, causing the infant's head to snap back and strike a television stand."