Heightened patrol of high-crime areas will continue until Jan. 1, police say Man, 21, fatally shot in South Baltimore is 306th city homicide

December 25, 1998|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police say they will continue heightened patrols of crime-riddled corners until the first of the new year. Despite their efforts, the number of homicides continues to rise, with the 306th recorded yesterday.

Police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said no decision has been made on whether the initiative should continue deep into next month.

This month, police had hopes of holding the annual city homicide count below 300 by placing extra officers, called in on overtime and plucked from desk jobs, in crime-troubled spots.

Homicide No. 303, an unidentified woman in her 30s, was found Tuesday in the basement of a ransacked rowhouse in the 2300 block of Barclay St. The medical examiner has ruled her death to be homicide by stabbing. Police are continuing their investigation.

About 7: 40 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a call in the 1900 block of E. Lanvale St., where they found the body of James Burton, 17, on the sidewalk. Burton, of the 2100 block of Federal St., was shot through the eye, and became homicide No. 304.

Also Wednesday night, police answered a call of a man shot in the 800 block of N. Fremont Ave. Police have not released the name of victim No. 305, who they say might have been targeted in a robbery.

On Christmas Eve, at 28 minutes after midnight, South Baltimore residents heard gunshots and called police. David Allen, 21, was found on the sidewalk of the 100 block of W. Hamburg St., dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. He lived in the 1300 block of Slater Road.

Police said they had no witnesses and know of no motive in the shooting. Allen was the 306th homicide.

Though Baltimore's crime rate has dropped in nearly every other category, the number of killings places the city among the nation's deadliest.

For the past nine years, Baltimore has recorded 300 or more homicides annually.

Pub Date: 12/25/98

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