Woman found beaten to death in one of three city homicides

Two men fatally shot in separate incidents


A 43-year-old Baltimore man was charged yesterday in the beating death of his girlfriend, one of three homicides in the city this weekend.

Levone Thomas, of the 900 block of Carrollton Ave., was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Sheila Hunter, 46, of the same address. Police were called to the house just after midnight yesterday and found Hunter's body.

In another incident, Sharrod Peppers, 30, died early yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Police found Peppers in a car that had crashed into a tree in the 4400 block of Patterson Ave. in Northwest Baltimore about 6 p.m. Friday, homicide Detective Albert Marcus said.

Marcus said the man was shot several times after an argument in the 4100 block of Patterson Ave., near Reisterstown Road Plaza. He jumped into the car to escape, then crashed near Wabash Avenue.

No arrests have been made, Marcus said. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Albert Marcus at (410) 396-2100.

A third person died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a shooting in the 1200 block of N. Milton Ave. Friday night.

Police said Dante Smith, 26, of the 1100 block of Summerset Court, Woodlawn, was found lying in the street at 11:08 p.m.

In a nonfatal shooting, a brother and sister were injured Friday night while sitting on the stoop of their home in West Baltimore when a gunman ran out of an alley and opened fire, missing them.

The woman and the man suffered minor cuts from flying glass from a car window hit by the shots, but neither was admitted to a hospital, police said.

The shooter's motives and identity were uncertain. Police declined to reveal the victims' names.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1700 block of W. Lexington Ave., near Fulton Avenue.

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