Crime Watch

May 05, 2008

3 homicides reported in city over weekend

Baltimore police are investigating three weekend homicides, including that of a woman shot in the head on a West Baltimore street after she told a friend not to give a cigarette to a man.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, Dawn Lynn Shipley, 29, of the 2600 block of Lehman Ave. was walking with a male friend in the 500 block of Brunswick St. when a man asked Shipley's companion for a cigarette, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. According to witness information, when Shipley told her friend not to give him one, the man pulled out a handgun and shot her. Her companion was not injured.

Monroe said the gunman fled and that Shipley was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

Two homicides were reported yesterday.

About 7 a.m., police responding to a shooting in the 2100 block of Orleans St. in the city's Middle East neighborhood found a gunshot victim in a backyard. The man was pronounced dead at the scene; his name was withheld pending notification of relatives. No arrest had been made, and police knew of no motive.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Sean W. Henderson, 35, whose address was not available, and another man were leaving a business in the 3200 block of Belair Road when they were shot by an unidentified man for no apparent reason. Police said Henderson and the other victim were taken to an area hospital, where Henderson died a short time later. The other man, also 35, was expected to survive.

Richard Irwin

911 dispatcher suspended

A 911 dispatcher who took one of the calls involving a 74-year-old woman killed in an apparent botched burglary in the Remington neighborhood last month has been suspended pending an administrative review, a city police spokesman said.

Nancy Schmidt was stabbed repeatedly in an upstairs room of her home April 21. Neighbors say Schmidt's home alarm sounded about 5 a.m.

One neighbor, who requested that her name not be used out of fear for her safety, said she called police after hearing the alarm. She said police did not arrive until about 15 minutes later.

Sterling Clifford, the police spokesman, declined to give details about why the dispatcher was suspended.

Remington residents and a neighborhood association are offering more than $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Schmidt case, according to the organization's president.

Brent Jones

3 killings in Prince George's

Prince George's County police are investigating three homicides that occurred between Friday night and early yesterday.

The latest killing occurred about 4 a.m. yesterday in the 1300 block of Merrimac Drive near Langley Park, where police responding to a 911 call found Isais Lopez-Vail, 34, who might have lived nearby, lying beaten in an apartment building hallway. He had suffered multiple injuries to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, an unidentified woman was shot in the upper body in the 5000 block of Buchanan St. in Edmonston and was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 7:15 p.m. Friday, an unidentified man was stabbed in the upper body in the 8000 block of Riggs Road in Langley Park and died later at a hospital.

No arrests had been made in the slayings, police said.

Richard Irwin

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