Unidentified man is 13th victim of homicide in '91

January 13, 1991|By Arthur Hirsch David Michael Ettlin

The body of a man in his late 20s was found in the back seat of a parked car in a lower Charles Village alley yesterday afternoon, Baltimore's 13th homicide victim this year.

The victim -- found face down with his feet bound by a blue windbreaker -- had apparently been shot in the head. He carried no wallet or identification, and Detective Donald Waltemeyer said neither the body nor the owner of the car had been identified.

Police were called to the 2400 block of Hunter Street -- an alleyway between Guilford Avenue and Calvert Street -- at 4 p.m. A woman walking her dog had spotted the maroon Buick Ultra with the driver's side window open. She saw the body, then called police.

The window had been shattered and shards of glass covered the driver's seat. Police recovered two spent shells from the floor of the back seat.

The shooting victim was dressed in white sneakers, purple pajama pants and a blue hooded windbreaker. Detective Waltemeyer said it was not clear how long the car had been parked there or how long the man had been dead.

Harrison Carter, who lives about a block away on Calvert Street, said he heard shots about 11 p.m. Friday but thought nothing of it.

"It sounded like it was coming from around this way, but I didn't pay no attention," Mr. Carter said.

"They're always shooting around here."

Tony Johnson, of Guilford Avenue, whose house faces away from where the car was parked, had just returned home from work yesterday when a neighbor told him about the killing.

He stood next to Mr. Carter as police examined the car. "This has got to come to an end one time or another," Mr. Johnson said.

The shooting was less than a block away from the corner where 25-year-old David Gordon of Crofton was shot to death during a holdup two weeks ago. Two teen-agers were charged in the shooting.

City police were also investigating a double shooting on the edge of Bolton Hill.

One victim, William Blick, was shot in the head about 3:30 p.m. by a man who ran north on Madison Avenue. Mr. Blick staggered into an apartment building in the 1500 block of Madison, climbed one short flight of stairs and collapsed, said Sgt. Vernon Gray. Mr. Blick was in surgery last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

A second man was shot in the leg, said Sergeant Gray, and was at University Hospital. His name was not released.

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