3 homicides reported in city shootings
The city's homicide death toll grew by two yesterday with a pair of unrelated shootings - one in a North Baltimore apartment, the other on a street in West Baltimore.
About 6 p.m., officers responding to a 911 call found a man dead in an apartment in the 500 block of E. 43rd St., police said. He had wounds to the head and body.
Police said it appeared the man had been dead for several hours but noted that there had been no report of gunfire in the area yesterday until the man was found.
At 5:15 p.m., Western District officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 1500 block of Rayner Ave. found Charles Hargrove, 20, of the 2600 block of Harlem Ave., lying unconscious on the sidewalk and bleeding from several bullet wounds to the head. He died less than 30 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.
In another incident, a double shooting over the weekend in East Baltimore left a man dead and a woman wounded, police said yesterday.
About 1 p.m. Saturday, Edwin Mathews, 30, of the 400 block of N. Ellwood Ave. was found slumped in the front doorway of a house in the 2900 block of E. Madison St. He had several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
In the house, police found a woman with a gunshot wound to the head. Identified as Candace Page, 27, of Cumberland, she was admitted to a hospital that police declined to name because she is a witness in a homicide case.
As of yesterday, the number of homicide deaths in the city this year had reached 63, compared with 53 for the same period last year.
Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin
Man, 29, killed in Annapolis
Annapolis police are investigating two shootings that occurred less than 24 hours apart - the first of them, on Monday night, claiming the life of a 29-year-old man one street away from his home.
The other occurred about 8:30 p.m. yesterday when an unidentified man in his 40s was shot while standing on a street in a public housing complex. He was flown by a state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.
In the fatal shooting, Lamar Damian Fleming of the 1900 block of Copeland St. in the Bywater Mutual Homes community was found about 11 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Royal St. suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.
Officer Hal Dalton, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department, said detectives had no witnesses or suspects and did not know of a motive.
Residents have long complained about violence in Bywater, and Dalton said that police presence would be increased in the area.
Monday's homicide was the second in Annapolis this year.
Last night's shooting occurred in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. in the Robinwood community, police said.
Anyone with any information about the shootings was urged to call the Annapolis police at 410-268-9000.
Nia-Malika Henderson and Richard Irwin