Two slayings push homicides to 13 in '07


January 10, 2007|By Richard Irwin

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday during an argument with an unknown man outside a boardinghouse in Charles Village, and a woman was found shot to death in the afternoon in South Baltimore, city police said.

In the earlier incident, Gregory Rochester, 25, of no fixed address was heard arguing with another man in the 200 block of E. 25th St. about 5:20 a.m. when he was shot several times, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said the shots awakened a resident of the house, who heard someone yell, "He's dead!"

Rochester was pronounced dead at the scene; no arrest had been made.

In South Baltimore's Brooklyn section, police offices responding to a 911 call reporting gunfire behind the 600 block of Washburn Ave. about 12:15 p.m. found a young woman bleeding from at least one wound to the back of her head. The victim - whose name was withheld - was declared dead at the scene, police said.

Police also identified victims of two fatal shootings that occurred Monday night.

Police said Marcus McDowell, 16, was shot in the wrist and head about 7 p.m. Monday while going to the aid of a friend who was being robbed near McDowell's home in the 5100 block of Harford Road.

McDowell died less than an hour later at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said.

The other victim, police said, was Rodney Gardner, 21, of the 2800 block of Pelham Road. He was shot in the chest about 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Ravenwood Road in the Belair-Edison neighborhood and driven by a friend to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died three hours later.

Police also reported an arrest in the Jan. 2 fatal beating of Nelsene Burnette, 44, of the 600 block of Winters Lane in Catonsville. Her body was found in a house in the 2000 block of W. North Ave.

The suspect, Vivian Day, 49, a resident of the house where Burnette was killed, was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail for an unrelated charge when she was served with a detainer Monday indicating she had been charged with first-degree murder, police said.

The Charles Village and Brooklyn killings brought to 13 the number of homicides in the city so far this year, compared to eight during the same time last year, police said.

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