Less than 12 hours into the New Year, Baltimore recorded its first homicide with the death of a 60-year-old woman who allegedly was shot by her boyfriend after an argument at their West Baltimore apartment.
Police said Daisy Hill, 60, of the 2000 block of Rayner Avenue was shot in the head yesterday about 11 a.m. Arrested and charged with first-degree murder was Paul Sherman Williams, 58, of the same address.
Detective Frank Barlow of the city's homicide squad gave the following account of the shooting:
Mr. Williams had been drinking and began firing his .22-caliber rifle at the bedroom ceiling. Ms. Hill took part of the rifle away, angering Mr. Williams, who grabbed the gun. Mrs. Hill was then shot in the head.
Mr. Williams was being held yesterday in the Western District lockup. A bail review hearing was scheduled for today.
Yesterday's slaying was the city's first in 1991, after a near record last year, when there were 305 slayings, the most since 1972, when there were 330.
In another incident, police were investigating the death of a 50-year-old Bolton Hill man who was found Monday about 6:30 p.m. at his basement apartment in the 1400 block of Park Avenue.
Police identified the victim as Lawrence Parker, owner of Lawrence Parker's Formal Wear and Designs in Oldtown Mall in East Baltimore.
His partly clothed body was found in his bedroom with his hands and feet tied. Police said Mr. Parker was robbed. An autopsy was performed yesterday, but the cause of death remained unknown.
An employee of Mr. Parker's store tried unsuccessfully to reach him for several hours before stopping by his apartment to deliver some evening clothes, according to homicide Detective Donald Worden. When the employee found the door ajar, he called police.
Detective Worden said that the apartment had not been ransacked but that Mr. Parker's wallet and house keys were missing, as well as a videocassette recorder.
Neighbors told police they heard Mr. Parker return to his apartment late Sunday with several other men. An investigation was continuing.
Elsewhere in Maryland, three men were slain New Year's Eve in Prince George's County.
The first victim, identified as Kevin Patrick Gause, 26, of Arlington, Va., was shot several times with a handgun as he was getting into his car shortly after 10 p.m. after leaving an apartment in Forestville. Two young men fled on foot, police said.
Also Monday night, Ben Rouse II, 20, of Mount Rainier was shot with a handgun after an argument at a party. Before fleeing on foot, the assailant also wounded two of Mr. Rouse's friends, whom police did not identify. One was listed in stable condition, the other in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital, police said.
In another incident, an unidentified man in his late 20s or early 30s was stabbed twice shortly after midnight on the streets of Capitol Heights.