Six killed in city in weekend slayings

5 fatally shot, 1 strangled in separate incidents

year's homicide toll at 8

Boy, 16, is youngest victim

No arrests made in any of the shootings

January 06, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

Two people were killed and a third was wounded in two unrelated shootings early yesterday, adding to the bloodshed of a violent new year in Baltimore.

The death toll from homicides for 2003 stood at eight -- six of them from slayings during the weekend.

In six separate incidents Saturday and yesterday, five people, including a 16-year-old boy, were killed by gunfire and four were injured. The dead also included a 44-year-old woman who was strangled Saturday, police said.

The identity of the woman, and of a man arrested in her death, were not made public yesterday evening, and police released few details about the case.

Northern District officers had been sent to Union Memorial Hospital shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday for what was described as a death under suspicious conditions. An investigation determined that the woman had been attacked and strangled in a house in the 800 block of Homestead St., police said.

A police spokeswoman said no arrests have been made in any of the weekend shootings.

The first of yesterday's killings resulted from a drive-by shooting outside the Teamsters Union Hall in the 6000 block of Erdman Ave. about 3:40 a.m. after a party there, leaving one man dead and another wounded, police said.

The men were hit by shots believed fired from a passing white Chevrolet Celebrity, and police had not determined whether either victim had been the intended target, said homicide Detective Dave Peckoo.

Killed was Marvin Lee Murray, 24, of the 400 block of N. Linwood Ave., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman. The wounded man, Larry Yarrall, 26, of the 900 block of Rutland Ave., was listed in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a spokeswoman there said.

Monroe said the two men had not been at the party together.

Less than 10 minutes later, police were called to the 3800 block of Windsor Mill Road, where they found an unidentified man with a gunshot wound to his forehead. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also yesterday, police released the names of victims in two fatal shootings that occurred Saturday night.

Melvin Columbus Williams IV, 16, of the 6200 block of Plantview Way was taken to Sinai Hospital by friends after a shooting at 8:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave., and later pronounced dead. A second teen-ager, Arturio Daniel Davis, 15, of the 4100 block of Eierman Ave., was found wounded at the scene and taken by ambulance to Sinai. He was in stable condition, police said.

Both teens were shot multiple times, police said.

The other victim, Keon Deprez Timmons, 24, of the 900 block of Evesham Ave., was shot to death about 7 p.m. at Caton Avenue and Morley Street in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

The victim of the other weekend slaying, Aaron Pollard, 22, of the 3800 block of 10th St. in Brooklyn, was killed and an 18-year-old friend was wounded in a shooting about 12:35 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of E. Biddle St., police said.

In a nonfatal shooting yesterday, a 16-year-old boy walking in the 500 block of N. Mount St. was wounded in the chest about 4:15 p.m. -- the victim of a robbery attempt, police said. He was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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