4 killings in less than a day bring homicide total to 256

3 die of gunshot wounds

4th fatally stabbed in city

December 20, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Four men killed in less than a day pushed the number of city homicides to 256 this year, three more than the total for all of last year, police said yesterday.

About 12:55 a.m. yesterday, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 3700 block of Nortonia Road. They found Gerald Fields, 59, suffering from a stab wound, police said. He was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about an hour later.

His wife, Robin Fields, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said she was arguing with her husband before the attack.

About 7:40 p.m., Hughie E. Bowman Jr., 26, of the 4900 block of Frederick Ave. was found suffering from several gunshot wounds at Elgin Avenue and Garrison Boulevard in the city's Walbrook neighborhood, police said.

He was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died.

Police said Bowman was standing on a corner with several other men when he was shot down.

About eight hours earlier, Eric Dickerson, 18, was shot in the back of the head in the 3900 block of Fairfax Road in Northwest Baltimore, police said. Dickerson, of the 2900 block of Crimea Road, was rushed to Sinai Hospital, where he died.

About 5 p.m. yesterday, police found the body of a man in the 4200 block of Groveland Ave. The man, whom police had not identified last night, was shot in the head.

Police have said that an unusually large number of people have died this year of injuries suffered in previous years, and that is a prime reason this year's homicide total surpassed the 2002 figure of 253.

This year, 17 people died of injuries they suffered in previous years, and those deaths are counted as 2003 homicides. Last year, the city recorded eight such homicides.

Anyone with information about the killings is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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