The first week of June has already been wracked by violence, with ten shootings taking place between June 2-5.

Among those killed was popular restaurant owner, Michael Sullivan, 55.

Police responded to “Sully’s Seafood and Subs,” located at 5514 Belair Road on Monday when two customers called 911 to report an unresponsive body laid in the building.

“Initially the call came out as a D.O.A. (dead on arrival), when the officer got there, he realized the owner was shot,” said Sgt. Anthony Smith, public affairs officer for the Baltimore City Police Department (BCPD). “We have no motive and no description.”

Sullivan’s life was one of several claimed in violence that spilled over from the weekend.

 Early Saturday at 2:14 a.m. Desean Bowman, 18, was pumping gas at the Exxon station, located on the corner of E. Lafayette and Caroline Streets. Bowman arrived at the gas station with another teen passenger and her mother, who both exited the vehicle to walk over to the cashier window. While at the window, the two women were approached by a stranger who introduced himself as “Tay” and attempted conversation. Instead, a verbal altercation began and as Bowman tried to ease the situation, he was shot in the head in front of the girl and her mother.

The suspect fled the scene of the crime on foot shortly before the teen died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police say he is familiar to Douglas Homes and are looking to the community for answers.

“The most important thing we can do is get community intel,” said Baltimore City Police Department Spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi. “People with information really need to investigators identify the individuals that they know to be a problem.”

“This city has changed for the worse,” said 38-year-old Andwele Ra, who was shocked at the spike in violence and says all he can do is try to cope with raising his own children in Baltimore City. “We need better leadership,” said the barbershop owner and father of two, when asked what it would take to curb and prevent the killings.

The murders continued throughout Saturday, with a 26-year-old woman and her 35-year-old brother being placed under arrest shortly after 4 p.m. for the fatal stabbing of a man living in the boarding house at 1218 E. Lafayette Ave. The woman and the victim, Antonio Mattison, 42, were involved in an altercation when the woman’s brother interfered, escalating the situation.

Later in the same day, police also responded to a 33-year old found suffering from non-fatal gunshot wounds in the 1700 block of W. Lexington St. The victim was shot just before 9 p.m. and is expected to survive his wounds.

Nightfall brought no relief, as at 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning panic erupted at Pimlico Road and Virginia Avenue with another shooting. After asking a passerby for a cigarette, a woman and her male companion, Edmond Dabney, 64, found themselves held up at gunpoint. When the pair informed the suspect they had no valuables, police say a bullet was put into Dabney’s head. Nothing was taken.
Less than an hour later, at 4:04 a.m., a 41-year old male was shot in the 1900 block of Ridgehill Avenue.

“This city has changed for the worse,” said 38-year-old Andwele Ra, who was shocked at the spike in violence and says all he can do is try to cope with raising his own children in Baltimore City. “We need better leadership,” said the barbershop owner and father of two, when asked what it would take to curb and prevent the killings.

The remainder of Sunday was relatively quiet, but on Monday police responded to 7 shootings at several different points across the city.

Between midnight and 1am on Monday, two adult males were shot in separate incidents.

According to the timeline of events posted on the Baltimore Police twitter, at 12:27 a.m. units were dispatched to 3623 Beehler Ave.  Police say that when they got to the scene of the crime, they found a 23-year old, shot in the head, and another man running from the back of the residence. He was apprehended and questioned, but not listed as a suspect. Police say a possible motive could have been robbery.

Less than half an hour later police were also called to W. Baltimore street for yet another shooting, before later in the morning, discovering Sullivan’s body.

In another stoplight shooting, this time at the intersection of 1700 block of North Avenue at 6:14 p.m., one victim was transported to the hospital with a nonfatal gunshot wound to the shoulder. No motive or suspect has been apprehended, but police say the shooter exited a black Hyundai Sonata before opening fire, jumping back into the car and speeding away down the 1900 block of N. Register Street.

Police confirmed a shooting in the 600 block of Cokesbury Avenue in the Eastern District at 8:47 p.m., shortly before getting another homicide call from Southeast Baltimore.

Police arrived to find one homicide victim, Charles Goodman. He had been shot, along with two others, on the corner of the 3400 block of Lombard Street at 9:25 p.m. Police say two suspects peddled up to their victims on bikes before stopping to aim and open fire. Goodman was only 23 years old.

A double shooting in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road was also recorded within the first half hour of Tuesday. Both victims were pronounced dead and only 26-year old Thomas Mattox has been identified.

The two men “were on the front steps of the residence when family members heard multiple gunshots and came outside to discover the individuals had been shot,” said Sgt. Smith, who also said there was no motive or suspect in custody at the time.

“These individuals were targeted,” said Guglielmi, noting that none of the other attacks are being considered random because the victims had some kind of prior contact with police.  Informants and witnesses have come forward in both shootings that left multiple victims either in the hospital or the morgue and are cooperating with police to find the killers.

A total of 95 lives have been taken by violence in Baltimore this year, leaving the lives of even more in pieces.

 

Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer