2 killed in separate city shootings Police investigate slayings in Mount Alto, Cherry Hill

January 08, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Two men were shot to death in separate incidents, bringing to 10 the number of homicides in the city for the first seven days of 1991.

Of the homicides, six were shootings, two were stabbings, one was a beating with a shovel, and another, in which the victim was a 2-year-old, was a beating with fists.

The slayings last night, one in the Mount Alto section of northwest Baltimore near Lake Ashburton and the other in the Cherry Hill section in South Baltimore, occurred within 40 minutes of each other, police said.

Both victims were men and as of today, no arrests had been made in either case.

The latest homicide, police said, occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Carver Road in Cherry Hill and claimed the life of a 35-year-old Rosemont man.

Homicide detective J.T. Brown said Southern District officers, responding to a shooting on the parking lot outside a group of townhouses in the 2600 block of Carver Road, found the body of William Richardson, of the 2800 block of Mulberry St., lying face up and next to his car.

Brown said Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the side of the head.

Brown said there were no signs robbery was the motive for the killing, but the keys to Richardson's 1985 Ford were not in his pockets, nor were they in the car's ignition.

Brown said Richardson's family told him the victim was laid off from his most recent job.

Brown said no one in the area where Richardson was found recognized him, and Richardson's family was unable to explain what he was doing in Cherry Hill.

The first homicide, police said, occurred at 8:55 p.m. in the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd.

Pronounced dead at the scene was William Berry, 28, of the 4100 block of Penhurst Ave. in Forest Park.

His death may have been drug-related, investigators said.

Police said Berry either was walking or standing outside an apartment development in the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd. when two men ran past him shortly before 9 p.m.

Residents told police a shot was fired and one of the men running by Berry was heard asking the other, "Did you get him?"

Moments later, Northwestern District police arrived and found Berry lying dead on the ground a few feet from the street and several yards from the front door of an apartment building.

Police said it appeared Berry was shot more than 100 feet from where he collapsed. He died from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Officers found an unused syringe near the body.

Police said it was not known if the syringe belonged to Berry, but the area is known for frequent and heavy drug activity.

Police asked that anyone having information about the two slayings call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

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