A 20-year-old man died early today after he and four other people were shot outside a grocery store in the 3000 block of W. North Ave.
City police were searching for two men, one of whom had a handgun.
The shootings, which occurred at 8:45 last night near Gene's grocery store and carryout at North Avenue and Longwood Street, claimed the life of Rodney Hall, of the 2800 block of Westwood Ave. Hall was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore of a bullet wound to the abdomen.
Homicide detective Richard Garvey said the other four victims also went to Shock-Trauma. He identified them as:
Carvell Jones, 20, shot in the back and leg; Thomas Jones, 26, shot in the buttocks and leg; Timothy Franklin, 26, shot in the hip; and Cynthia Montague, 38, shot in the ankle. Garvey said their conditions ranged from critical to good.
It was not immediately determined if Carvell Jones and Thomas Jones are related.
Garvey declined to release the addresses of the wounded people, saying they were important witnesses in the case and he wanted to protect them as much as possible.
"We may find out from them what the shooting was about," he said, "but right now we don't have a motive."
He said all of the wounded were West Baltimore residents and the least seriously injured were to be interviewed today.
A spokesman for the city fire department said four ambulances were used to take the victims to Shock-Trauma.
Garvey said others who reportedly witnessed the shootings said the victims were all standing outside the grocery store when two men approached. At least one of them was armed with a handgun and began firing, witnesses told police.
It wasn't certain Hall was the intended target of the gunman, Garvey said.
He said there was no evidence that the shooting was committed by people driving by in a car, as had been reported initially.