13 victims shot, 3 fatally, in violent weekend in Baltimore

Two shootings involved police officers

August 16, 2010|By Justin Fenton and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was huddling with commanders Monday morning to assess their violence prevention strategy after a bloody weekend in which 13 people were shot, three fatally.

The commissioner had pumped up police presence in the city's Eastern District and other hot spots on Saturday, after a series of shootings left two men dead and five others wounded Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The extra shifts were called amid a budget crisis that has caused deep cuts to all city departments and forced the police to vastly decrease overtime. Police commanders, who are not paid for overtime, were also put on duty throughout the weekend.

On Monday morning, police announced an arrest in one of the killings. Dane Shives Jr., 21, of Glen Burnie, was charged with first-degree murder in a double shooting that killed one man Saturday night in Brooklyn. Andre Graham, 27, was died after being shot in the head and back while riding inside of a vehicle, police said.

For the year, homicides are about even compared with this point last year, with 136 people killed, down two from the 138 slain at this time last year. Non-fatal shootings were down slightly, with 263 people shot compared with 274 at this time last year.

That continues a downward trend after more than 200 fewer people were shot in 2009 than in 2007, according to police statistics.

But the city has experienced bursts of violence over the course of several recent weekends, touched off with 10 killings over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in late May. This weekend's 13 shooting victims comes a week after 10 people were shot, four of them fatally.

The recent deaths of a Johns Hopkins researcher in Charles Village an elderly church caretaker in East Baltimore drew hundreds to recent events, and, along with the suddenly-pitched race for city state's attorney, have elevated the discussion of crime in the city after two years of generally celebrated declines.

Two people were shot by police in separate incidents Saturday and Sunday after officers said the victims displayed guns during traffic stops. Two were also stabbed in the middle of the day Saturday.

Sunday's gun violence began about 2:20 a.m. in Northeast Baltimore with a double shooting at a parking lot in the 7000 block of McClean Blvd. near Perring and Northern parkways. In that instance, a 24-year-old man was hit in the stomach and the face, and a 20-year-old woman was shot in the thigh, police said.

Ten minutes later, police received a report for a shooting in the 1700 block of Rutland Ave. in East Baltimore. Police reported that two men were arguing and one drew a gun and shot the other, a 21-year-old man. The victim was struck in the arm and the chest, police said.

Then, at 4:15 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot at the 400 block of E. Chase St. He died of his wounds, police said. No other details were immediately available.

Also, just before 8:00 p.m., an officer shot a suspect in Northeast Baltimore at Belair Road and Erdman Avenue, police said.

The man who was shot had been riding in a car with two others and failed to stop when an officer from the Violent Crime Impact Division attempted to pull them over for failing to wear seatbelts. Instead, the suspects drove away and collided with another car, police said.

After the accident, all three of the suspects left their car and one of them pointed a gun at the officer in his car. To avoid potential gunfire, the officer swerved and hit a bus stop bench. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for minor injuries.

Another officer, walking a foot beat, saw the suspects fleeing and commanded the man with a gun to stop, police said. He did not, and the officer, an eight-year veteran, fired and struck the man in the leg. Police took that suspect and one other into custody.



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