Police today were investigating the fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of two others in West Baltimore in an incident apparently sparked by a drug dispute.
One of the dead men was hit 10 times in the hail of gunfire from semiautomatic weapons, police said.
About 3:15 p.m. yesterday, two gunmen came out of an alley and opened fire on people crowded on the corner of North Avenue and Pulaski Street.
Dead at the scene was Bryan Ligons, 25, of the 800 block of McKean Ave. He had been shot at least 10 times while in the 2000 block of W. North Ave., police said.
Ricardo Myers, 32, of the 500 block of Glen Allen Drive, was shot twice in the face and leg. He died on the way to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said.
Two apparent innocent bystanders, Charles Jones, 40, of the 3300 block of Ripple Road, and Dwayne Goodwin, 18, of the 1800 block of Whitmore Ave., also were hit by the gunfire, police said.
Jones was shot in the buttocks and treated at University of Maryland Medical Center and released, police said. Goodwin was in serious condition at Shock-Trauma today with a gunshot wound to the groin.
Three homes, a store and at least two cars were struck by bullets but no other injuries were reported, police said.
No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident, police said.
"It's a possibility it was a turf dispute [over drugs]," said homicide Detective Mark Tomlin about the shootings.
According to Tomlin, in the afternoon North Avenue "is packed with people and cars."
When officers arrived at the scene yesterday, "cars were going every way and people were running and screaming," he said.
Tomlin was in Druid Hill Park investigating a suicide when he heard a radio call about the shooting on North Avenue.
Tomlin said the shooters worked fast. "The time frame might not have been anymore than 30 seconds and, if 30 seconds, that's
TC lot," he said.
Yellow tape and police cars cordoned off the area to the public as police crime lab technicians searched for evidence and took photographs.
Police recovered at least 40 shell casings at the scene, Tomlin said.
The fatal shootings on North Avenue and the shooting death of a 40-year-old correctional officer outside her home in the 3600 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. early yesterday pushed the city's homicide total to 45 so far this year, compared with 48 at the same time last year, according to police spokesman Dennis Hill.
On North Avenue, many residents refused to talk about the shooting incident, fearing retaliation from the gunmen who remain at large.
But one lady said, "I can't see how in daylight nobody saw anything."
Such shootings are common, residents said, because of the heavy narcotics traffic.
"I was inside the store when I heard a noise like an automatic weapon," said Reginald Bullock, 25. "I got down. You don't try and find out where the bullets are coming from."