Suspects sought in cabbie shooting

October 08, 1990|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff Bruce Reid and William B. Talbott contributed to this story

Police have no suspects or motive in the shooting of a Diamond Cab driver, who was shot in the head yesterday when his cab was fired on by four men in a passing vehicle.

The cabbie, Wilbur Glascoe, 62, of the 5000 block of Durham Road in Columbia, was listed in critical condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Glascoe was shot about 12:45 a.m. at Biddle Street and Maryland Avenue, police said. A passenger suffered minor injuries during the incident but the other passenger was unharmed.

It was the fourth time this year that a cabbie had been shot in Baltimore and the third involving a Diamond cabdriver. In the other two incidents, the Diamond cabbies died.

Police said Glascoe had picked up two passengers and was taking them to an undisclosed location when a car with four men pulled up beside Glascoe's cab and opened fire, shattering the cab's windows, police said.

A witness jumped inside the cab and put the vehicle in parking gear, police said. He then tended to the bleeding Glascoe until police and paramedics arrived. Police said the two fares could not identify the assailants.

A Diamond Cab dispatcher had no comment on the shooting last night.

In one of the other incidents involving cabbies, on Sept. 24, James Armistead Lewis, 66, was found dead at the wheel of his Diamond cab on Swale Road off Southland Road in Cherry Hill in South Baltimore. Two teen-agers were later arrested and charged in Lewis' slaying.

On Aug. 29, Royal cab driver Lewis Cauthorne, 38, was fatally shot around 11 p.m. on Brisbane Road in the Yale Heights section of Southwest Baltimore. About an hour before the incident, Cauthorne had dropped off some cash at his home in the 1000 block of Cameron Road.

On Aug. 9, Diamond Cab driver Tyrone Herndon, 42, was fatally shot in the 2800 block of E. Madison St. by two men he had picked up.

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