Baltimore's 1992 homicide toll climbed to 22, four above this date a year ago, as two men were shot to death early today. Meanwhile, police charged a 14-year-old boy as an adult for an earlier homicide.
Neither of today's victims, who were shot in seperate incidents, had been identified by police. There have been no arrests in either case.
Today's first murder victim was a man died shortly after 1 a.m. after he was shot twice at an intersection in East Baltimore.
Eastern District police answered a call about 12:30 a.m. and found the man lying at Luzerne Avenue and Hoffman Street, bleeding from gunshot wounds to the left wrist and left side.
The man was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room about 1:15, police said. Police said fingerprints were to be taken from the body in an effort to identify him. They had no motive.
At about 4:15 a.m., a man in his 20s died after being chased out of a house and shot on the sidewalk in the 500 block of N. Payson St. in West Baltimore. Police said the man was shot at least once while inside the house before he jumped out of a second-floor window in an attempt to escape, police said. He was shot again outside the house. In all, the man was shot twice in the back and once in the chest.
By this date last year, there had been 18 murders in Baltimore. Last year, 304 people were murdered in the city.
Police made arrests in two other cases.
A 14-year old boy, Leonard Rockwell, of the 800 block of E. Chase St., was charged as an adult in the slaying of a 47-year-old Baltimore woman Tuesday night.
Police said Rockwell was charged with first-degree murder and ... 2/3 ... 2/3 TC handgun violation in the shooting of Mary Maza Jackson, of the 1000 block of Wilmot Court. He was awaiting a bail review hearing today after being held overnight at the Eastern District police station without bail.
Police said they believe the suspect may have been trying to rob Jackson.
According to police reports, Jackson and a male friend were walking in the 1000 block of Valley St. in the Johnston Square section about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a male with a handgun approached from behind. Three shots rang out and Jackson fell to the pavement with three bullet wounds in the back, police said.
Jackson's companion fled and was not injured.
A city ambulance crew arrived a few minutes later and pronounced Jackson dead.
Police said it remained unclear whether Jackson or her companion was an intended target, or whether the assailant fired prematurely while about to commit an armed robbery.
In another case, police arrested Sean Ramseur, 21, of the 3900 block of Frisby St. in North Baltimore, and charged him with the Dec. 22 murder of Scott Frederick, 30, of the 1600 block of Loch Ness Road in Towson.
Frederick was shot in the back in the 700 block of McCabe St., police said.
Police have also obtained a warrant for Tyrone Barfield, 18, of the 4900 block of Belair Road, in connection with the shooting.