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Six people are wounded in shootings City woman, 70, is found stabbed to death in home.


A 70-year-old Southwest Baltimore woman was found stabbed to death in her home early today, the only fatality in a night of city violence that saw six people wounded by gunfire.

One of those shot was a man being arrested by a police officer who broke up a street robbery. But other shooting victims included a man walking down a street, a man sitting on his steps, and a woman driving.

The stabbing victim was identified by police as Lillian Dupont, of the 1800 block of W. Pratt street. Her body was found, police said, by Jessie Malcolm Jr., 57, who said he returned home just before 3 a.m. today and found her dead in bed.

Mr. Malcolm flagged down a city police officer, who found the victim with a pillow over her head and two stab wounds of the chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they had no motive or suspects.

The slaying raised to 198 the number of people killed in the city this year -- 20 more than for this time last year.

Lt. William A. Robbins, of the homicide unit, said the shooting involving the policeman occurred at 4 a.m. as Officer Arthur L. Edmondson, 22, interrupted a robbery in the 1500 block of North Broadway.

Officer Edmondson, a four-year veteran, was sitting in his patrol car writing a report when a passer-by reported the robbery. When the officer interceded, one of the suspects fled. The other began grappling with him and attempted to take the officer's pistol, Lieutenant Robbins said.

During the struggle, the officer's gun fired three times, the lieutenant said, with one shot hit the 20-year-old suspect in the right leg. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was expected to be released to the police today. A second suspect also was taken into custody. Both were awaiting charges.

Police said they recovered a wallet and change purse belonging to the two robbery victims, a 42-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman.

In the other shootings, police report that:

* Just before midnight, Wilbert Edward Smith, Jr., 37, of the 5600 block of Elderon avenue, was shot in the back by one of two men he confronted in the 3600 block of Rogers Ave., said Lt. Harold G. Muncy, of the Northwestern district.

* About 15 minutes after Mr. Smith was wounded, Troy Wright, 20, of the 5400 block of Park Heights Avenue, told police he was shot in the left thigh by a group of men who approached him while he was sitting on steps in the 3500 block of Ingleside Ave.

Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Wright were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Mr. Smith was reported in serious condition and Mr. Wright was in good condition.

* Montel Levon Evans, 18, of the 1700 block of Poplar Grove St., told police he was walking in the 3200 block of Garrison Blvd. just before 11 p.m. when he was shot in the foot by an assailant. Mr. Evans was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment.

* About the same time, a motorist, Linda Cunningham, 41, of the 3900 block of Springdale Ave., told police she was driving in the same block of Garrison Boulevard when a shot was fired through her front windshield. The shot exited the rear window of the car.

Ms. Cunningham received a minor cut on the face from flying glass.

* A resident of the 1000 block of N. Fremont Avenue was reported in good condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center after being shot about 9 p.m. yesterday.

Police said Polly Andino was in the 1000 block of W. Lafayette Ave. when she was stopped by four men, including one who was wearing a yellow raincoat and armed with a handgun. Police said the armed man shot the woman in the right leg for no apparent reason.

Also yesterday, a 24-year-old West Baltimore man was charged with the June 6 fatal wounding of a 19-year-old pregnant woman who was rushing her twin brothers indoors to escape a apparent drug-related shootout.

Joseph Tyrone "Tata" Blake of the 900 block of N. Carrollton Ave. was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Ervine Harris. He remains at large.

Ms. Harris was shot once in the head on the steps of her home in the 1200 block of Myrtle Ave. after men with guns began shooting at each other from opposite ends of the block, city police homicide unit Sgt. Roger Nolan said.She died about 11 hours later at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.

Anyone with information about Mr. Blake is urged to call the homicide unit at 396-2100.

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