Assault weapon used in killings

March 01, 1991|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore police believe they have identified the weapon used in last week's double killing in the 2100 block of W. North Ave. as one of the types of assault weapons that would be banned under a gun control bill now before the General Assembly.

The same model of semiautomatic pistol, the Cobray M-11 or "MAC-11," was also recovered in two separate incidents in the past week in Baltimore, according to police.

Tests on the bullets used in last Thursday's shooting on North Avenue indicate that one of the weapons was a MAC-11, police said. Two men were killed and two others wounded in that shooting, in which two gunmen sprayed a street corner with about 50 bullets. The guns were not recovered and no arrests have been made.

Last Friday, police, acting on a tip, stopped a 16-year-old boy who was carrying an unregistered MAC-11 and $822 in cash in the 500 block of Baker St. at about 3:30 a.m. He and a companion were arrested for handgun violations.

A raid Monday netted another MAC-11, along with suspected heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia from a home in the 1700 block of Gertrude St. Two men were arrested.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has submitted legislation that would ban the sale of many assault-type weapons and require the registration of existing ones. The bill passed a House committee this week.

Opponents of the bill say the weapons are involved in fewer crimes than many other types of guns and that in most cases the criminals could have done the same thing with any gun.

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