City's homicide toll reaches 25 for 2006


January 23, 2006

Two men were fatally shot yesterday in unrelated incidents in Baltimore, bringing to 25 the number of city homicides in the first 22 days of the year, police said.

The latest slaying occurred about 3:30 p.m. when Antoine Armsted, 21, whose address was not available, was shot in the head while seated in a car parked in the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave., a few blocks from Pimlico Race Course.

Police said Armsted was driven by a friend to Sinai Hospital and died three hours later.

About 12:10 a.m. yesterday, Clyde Tatum, 18, of no fixed address, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head behind a house in the 1200 block of Slater Ave. in Cherry Hill.

Six people were shot, two of them fatally, on Saturday.

About 7:30 a.m., brothers Rheuben Davis, 44, and Lemuel Davis, 48, were arguing outside their home in the 4100 block of The Alameda when Lemuel Davis pulled out a knife and threatened his brother, police said.

At that time, police said, a truck owned by Moody & Sons Oil Co., for whom Rheuben Davis was employed, arrived to take him to work.

Police said Rheuben Davis jumped into the passenger seat of the truck to get away from his brother, but before it pulled away, Lemuel Davis, still brandishing the knife, opened the driver's door.

Police said the driver pulled out a handgun, shot Lemuel Davis in the head and drove away. He died a short time later after being taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Charged with first-degree murder and related offenses and being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center was Steven Moody, the truck driver and co-owner of the oil company, police said. He had a handgun permit, police said.

The second fatal shooting Saturday occurred about 1 a.m. in Northeast Baltimore.

James Lydell Ray, 34, whose address was not available, entered his girlfriend's house in the 1300 block of Sherwood Ave. armed with a handgun and during an argument shot his girlfriend, her daughter, two sons and a second woman, police said. He then drove away.

All five were taken by ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the daughter, Kayla Baker, 12, died. Her mother; brothers, ages 15 and 16; and the other woman were reported in critical condition yesterday.

Ray fatally shot himself Saturday night in Clarion, Pa., police reported.

Two men and a teen-age boy were shot to death Friday:

Gregory A. Howell, 21, of no fixed address, was shot in the rear of the 2600 block of Shirley Ave. about 8:20 p.m. and died a short time later at Sinai Hospital.

Friday morning, Karlee Blackwell, 14, and Fernandez Woodson, 21, were each fatally shot in a house in the 800 block of N. Glover St.

Police had made no arrests in yesterday's and Friday's slayings.

Baltimore County: Essex

Three are arrested in fatal shooting

Two men and one teenager have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man Thursday night outside his Essex home, Baltimore County police said. Chaunisty Terrell Wallace, 26, of Essex; John Louise Williams, 21, of Baltimore; and Deandre Lamont Williams, 17, of Baltimore were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Neil Rivers Jr., police said. Rivers, 20, was shot outside his home in the 700 block of Cedar Road when he confronted burglars who were attempting to break into his shed and steal an all-terrain vehicle, police said. The suspects being held without bail at the county Detention Center, police said.

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