Teen couple found slain in city project high-rise

November 24, 1990

A young man and woman, both 17, were found shot to death yesterday afternoon in a 14th-floor apartment of a high-rise in the Lexington Terrace public housing complex in West Baltimore.

Baltimore police learned of the shooting about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, although the couple appeared to have been shot in the early morning hours.

The youth, Shontae Bryant, and his girlfriend, Chinta Smith, were found lying on a bed in an apartment in the 200 block of North Fremont Avenue.

He was the actual tenant of the apartment and Ms. Smith frequently stayed there, though her permanent address was in the 6500 block of Eberle Drive, near Reisterstown Road Plaza, homicide detectives said.

Detectives said Shontae Bryant's mother used to live with him but isnow in prison.

Both victims had been shot in the head, and the Bryant youth had also been shot in the back and hand, police said.

Family members had notified police that something was wrong, although it was not clear if they knew about the shooting.

Crowds gathered outside the high-rise yesterday afternoon as the bodies were brought out on stretchers. One neighbor told officers that he had heard what sounded like shots in the early morning but discounted them because they are heard so frequently in the area.

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