Police are continuing search for suspects in fatal shootings

November 26, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

City police today were searching for a motive and suspects in three homicides during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including one incident that left two teen-agers dead in a public housing high rise in West Baltimore.

Police said the victims, Shontae Dewars Bryant, 17, of the Lexington Terrace public housing complex in the 200 block of N. Fremont Ave., and Chinta Smith, 16, of the 6500 block of Eberle Drive in northwest Baltimore, were found shot to death on a bed in Bryant's 14th-floor apartment.

"They were clothed lying in bed," said Lt. James Rainey of the Western District. "They were embraced. He was partially on top of her, maybe in a protective mode."

Bryant had been shot several times in the head, back and a hand, police said. His girlfriend had been shot at least once in the head.

Police said they have no motives or suspects in the shootings.

In the other fatal shooting, a 31-year-old widower, the father of five young children, was gunned down early Thanksgiving Day in an alley off the first block of S. Payson St.

The victim, Cedric Hargrove of the 1800 block of W. Baltimore St., was shot several times in the abdomen and left leg.

He was found about 12:05 a.m. by Southwestern District officers who responded to a report of gunfire.

Hargrove was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he died at 1:30 a.m., police said.

His children, Cedric Jr., 10, Christopher, 7, Quinn, 6, and twinDavid and Donald, 4, were found home alone in good condition by police.

They were placed in temporary custody of the city Department of Social Services.

Police said they have no motive or suspects in the shooting. Police and neighbors say there are drug problems in the area where the shooting took place.

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