Victims of double shooting identified One dead, one wounded in Herring Run attack

October 10, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff Richard Irwin, William B. Talbott and Bruce Reid contributed to this story.

Police have identified the two women shot at Herring Run Park yesterday, but they have no motive or suspects in the case. One victim died and the another was wounded.

The dead woman was identified today as Florentine Sherry Scott, 20, of the 1000 block of Argyle Ave. in the George B. Murphy Homes in West Baltimore. She was shot once in the head.

The other victim, Lynette Ruffin, who police said lived at the same address, was in serious condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ruffin, 29, was shot once in the right side of the neck.

Police said Ruffin told them the shooting occurred about 3 a.m. yesterday. That was all she managed to say.

"We haven't been able to talk to her about what happened since she left the park," said Dennis Hill, police spokesman.

Police say they think the gunman or gunmen used a revolver because there were no automatic shell casings found near the victims.

The victims were found about 8 a.m. by a man taking a short-cut through the park to work, police said. Scott was naked from the waist down, wearing only a white T-shirt, bra and white socks. Ruffin was fully clothed.

Both victims were lying in a wooded area at the end of a park access road, about 1,000 feet off the 4100 block of Harford Road, police said.

Although there are no homes in the immediate area, a woman who lives near the park entrance told police she may have heard several shots about 2:50 a.m.

Yesterday afternoon, a balmy October day, things seemed quite normal at the northeast Baltimore park. Several men played basketball and children played on swings and seesaws. A high school cross-country team and a softball team worked out.

Users of the park said it is usually a safe place to visit.

"I'm very surprised by [the shootings]. The park is usually quiet," said James, 32, as he pushed his 20-month-old daughter in a swing. James, who wouldn't provide his full name, said he has been coming to the park for 15 years and has not witnessed any violence there.

Under a shady tree at a green picnic table, David Hill, 49, of West Baltimore, said he, too, was surprised by the shootings. But he added, "I still feel safe here. It's a pretty nice little park."

Hill, who was reading a book about World War II, said the shootings were more examples of a violent society.

But he said he was not about to lock himself indoors. "You've got to live, you can't let criminals run you off the streets," he said.

Rodney Smith, 29, of northeast Baltimore, said he would continue to bring his daughter, Tanisha, 10, and son, Jeffrey, 7, to the park.

"Whatever happened, it wasn't involving the park," Smith said of the shootings. "If someone was killed fighting over a swing . . . then I wouldn't bring my kids here."

Police are asking anyone who may have any information about the shootings to call the homicide unit at 396-2100.

Police said 231 homicides have occurred in the city this year, compared with 205 at the same time last year.

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