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Two homicides raise year's toll to 133

Baltimore police are investigating two homicides that brought this year's total to 133 -- 18 more than the tally this time last year.

Just before 8 p.m. Friday, police responded to the 1900 block of Collington Ave. after receiving calls about a shooting. They found Craig A. Hunter, 29, bleeding under a car parked on the street.

Authorities said he had been shot several times in the chest. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was pronounced dead at 8:15 p.m. Witnesses told police they saw two men shoot Hunter, who had more than 15 arrests over the past decade for drug charges, according to a public records check.

The gunmen were seen running south on Collington and disappeared into an alley off East North Avenue.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said authorities do not know the motive for the shooting and have no more leads on the gunmen.

Another fatal shooting was reported about 1:30 a.m. yesterday on East Preston Street. Moses said the male victim's name was not known yesterday but his identity is expected to be determined by using fingerprints. He was found on a sidewalk in the 900 block of E. Preston St. with a gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to Hopkins Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:59 a.m.

"Because of the late hour, officers were not able to get witnesses or information on any suspects," Moses said.

Ruma Kumar and Sandy Alexander


Police headquarters named for Robinson

Baltimore City's police headquarters building was renamed the Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Police Administration Building yesterday in honor of the city's first African-American police commissioner.

Robinson, who joined the force in 1952, was appointed police commissioner by Mayor William Donald Schaefer in 1984 and served for three years in that position. He was also the first black police commissioner in the state, Jablow said.

"Bishop Robinson established a standard of professional dedication and excellence that law enforcement officers throughout Maryland still aspire to meet," Jablow said. "He was and is an incredible man and a true role model for all of us in the law enforcement community."

After leaving the city Police Department, Robinson, now 80, earned a law degree and held several leadership positions in state law enforcement, including public safety director when Schaefer became governor.

The city police headquarters, at East Fayette and President streets, was renovated and expanded in an eight-year process that was completed in early 2004.

Julie Scharper

Baltimore County

: White Marsh

Toddler is left at a church

Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in identifying a toddler who was abandoned at a White Marsh church early yesterday.

The girl, who appears to be about 18 months old, was found shortly after midnight at the Evangel Cathedral Church of God in the 7000 block of Rossville Blvd. She is black, stands about 24 inches tall and weighs 24 pounds.

She was wearing a light pink onesie with a picture of a bunny on the chest, bright pink shorts and white socks and sneakers, police said.

The girl, who is in good condition, is in the care of Baltimore County Social Services. Anyone with information about the girl or her family is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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