Gun Battle With Drug Dealers Leaves One Man Injured

January 11, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Annapolis police were still looking last night for two or three Washington, D.C., men who sprayed gunfire through a crowd of people in the parking lot of a public housing project.

One man in the crowd, Dominic T. Boston, 23, of the 200 block Openview Lane, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore with a gunshot wound to his chest Wednesday night after being shot on Bowman Court at about 6 p.m.

He was listed in fair condition yesterday afternoon.

"The shooting was drug-related and over some money that was owed," Annapolis police spokesman Dermott Hickey said.

The shooting began when threemen in a red car were crusing up Bowman Court and a 17-year-old boy recognized them as drug dealers, Hickey said.

"He took it upon himself to fire the first shots," he said.

The driver of the car turned around and someone inside the car began firing into a crowd of about 100 people.

One of the bullets fired by the gunman in the car hit Boston.

"Boston was not the intended victim," Hickey said. "Andneither was the 17-year-old."

The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile with reckless endangerment and a handgun violation. He was released into the custody of his father.

Hickey said the Washington men were in the neighborhood looking for someone.

Residents of the Annapolis Gardens neighborhood, which has had a reputation for drug-trafficking, reported hearing up to 10 gunshots. But Hickey said investigators recovered only two 9mm shells, one from Boston's body and another from the wall of an apartment building.

At about the same time Boston was shot, police received calls for another shooting on Tyler Avenue in the Robinwood housing project. But when officers arrivedthey could find no victims or gunman.

This was not the first timeBoston has suffered from gunshot wounds. On Aug. 26, 1988, he was left with eight or nine bullet holes in the chest after a gunman fired at him in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Madison Street. Hickey said that shooting was also drug-related. No arrests were made.

Boston is awaiting trial for the June 2 rape of a 13-year-old Annapolis girl.

In that incident, according to court documents, Boston followed the girl to a home in the 200 block of Croll Drive. When she asked him to leave, he refused and went upstairs.

The girl, who reportedly knew Boston, followed him and continued to ask him to leave. Court documents charge that Boston raped the girl, stopping when a witness walked in the home and heard the girl's screams.

Boston is scheduled for trial Jan. 29.

According to court records, Boston has been arrested several times, on charges including assault, destruction of property and disturbing the peace.

Wednesday night's shooting marks the first incident of violence in the city this year. Annapolis police recorded five homicides last year, up from three in 1989. All but one of the homicides in 1990 were drug-related.

"Annapolis just isn't a little town anymore," Hickey said. "It has easy access to several highways and it has projects. Maybe we are getting the overflow from Washington."

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