Man who shot wife to death is killed assailant is sought Westminster man dead in downtown Baltimore

December 26, 1990|By Ginger Thompson

Detectives were searching yesterday for an unidentified man involved in the Christmas Eve shooting of a Westminster man, who minutes before his demise had shot his estranged wife to death on a crowded street in downtown Baltimore.

Reginald Simpson, 25, was attacked by a man, dressed in black, in the 400 block of West Fairmount Avenue as he was fleeing from the 200 block of West Baltimore Street, where he had just shot his wife to death, according to city police.

Audry Simpson, 23, of Randallstown died from a gunshot wound to the head at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Dennis Hill, spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said Mrs. Simpson was shopping with friends on Baltimore Street when she saw Mr. Simpson. Mr. Hill said that the woman, a resident of the 8000 block of Church Lane, began telling her husband what she had bought their children for Christmas but that the conversation quickly became an argument.

A Baltimore Street merchant, who knew the Simpsons, came out of his store and calmed them, Mr. Hill said.

But the merchant told police that after he returned to his store he heard two gunshot blasts and saw Mrs. Simpson fall to the pavement.

The merchant, who was not identified by detectives, told police that Mr. Simpson then ran into a parking garage in the 400 block of West Baltimore Street.

As Mr. Simpson left the garage into an alley that is West Fairmount Avenue, he was assaulted by a man dressed in black.

The two struggled, Mr. Simpson's gun discharged, and he fell to the ground, police said.

Mr. Simpson, of the first block of Charles Street in Westminster, died at the scene, shot by his own gun, police said.

Homicide detectives said they were looking for the man who fought with Mr. Simpson.

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