The death this year of a 57-year-old West Baltimore man who was found beaten and stabbed in 2002 was added this week to the city's homicide tally.
Police said Larry Staton was found unconscious about 1:10 a.m. Dec. 29, 2002, in the 1200 block of Winchester St. after being beaten by a group of men.
He suffered head trauma and stab wounds to his back, arm and thigh and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.
Staton, who had a history of drug arrests, was eventually discharged and had been living at a local nursing home, Moses said. On June 12, he was pronounced dead by hospital staff. A cause of death was not available.
He is at least the fifth person wounded in prior years to die this year from medical complications. Such deaths count against the current year's homicide total.
Police were also investigating a pair of shooting deaths this week.
Two men were shot late Wednesday in the 500 block of Gold St., Moses said. The men were on the street at about 11:20 p.m. when two unidentified gunmen approached and began firing.
One man, struck at least once in the chest, was declared dead at 11:56 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Moses said. Police made a tentative identification but were not releasing details pending notification of kin, he said.
The other victim, also taken to Shock Trauma, was expected to survive. The gunmen fled in an unknown direction, Moses said. Police have no suspects and no motives in the attack.
About 1:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, officers were called to the 1400 block of Carswell St., near Baltimore City College, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m., police said.
In addition, police identified a man shot to death Nov. 13 in the 5100 block of Arbutus Ave. as 35-year-old Jose Chacon of the 7000 block of Fieldcrest Road in Baltimore.