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Man killed in West Baltimore, bringing city to 300 homicides for 6th year in row; victim ID’d, suspect arrested

Karl Anderson, 39, of Baltimore, above, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Bernard Richardson. Police say he fatally stabbed Richardson during an altercation.
Karl Anderson, 39, of Baltimore, above, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Bernard Richardson. Police say he fatally stabbed Richardson during an altercation. (Baltimore Police)

A man found suffering from several stab wounds in West Baltimore early Monday morning later died at a hospital — bringing the city to the grim benchmark of 300 killings for the sixth straight year.

Around 7:44 a.m., Northwest District officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of Burleith Ave. in the Burleith-Leighton neighborhood to investigate a stabbing, police said. At the location, officers found a 44-year-old man suffering from several stab wounds. The man was taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead, according to police.

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On Tuesday, police identified the victim as Bernard Richardson and announced that 39-year-old Karl Anderson was arrested and charged with murdering Richardson.

In a news release, the department wrote that Richardson and Anderson “have family ties” with each other and that Richardson was fatally stabbed during an altercation between the two at his residence.

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Anderson was arrested in the area of Liberty Heights Avenue at Reisterstown Road and charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter as well as assault and weapons offenses. He’s waiting to see a court commissioner, police wrote.

The 300-homicide mark — and violence in general — has been a pervasive problem for Baltimore’s political, civic and law enforcement leaders. The pace of homicides is slightly slower than last year but still far higher than the city routinely recorded a decade ago.

Monday’s killing comes on the heels of a string of weekend shootings in Baltimore from the previous weekend.

On Saturday, four people were shot, three of whom were killed. The next day, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in West Baltimore and later on that night, an 18-year-old man was injured in a shooting in the Cherry Hill neighborhood.

Anyone with information is urged to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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