2 are hunted in city slaying Teen, man shot while sitting on apartment steps.

May 21, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Police today were seeking at least two gunmen who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy and critically wounded a man as they sat on the front steps of an apartment building on Fulton Avenue, police said.

Homicide Detective Harry Edgerton said the shootings may be drug-related because police found several vials of suspected cocaine in the building's hallway immediately behind the victims.

Dead on arrival at University of Maryland Medical Center was DaShawn Powell, of the 1700 block of St. Paul St., Edgerton said. Powell was identified by family members.

Edgerton said Powell received bullet wounds to the head and neck.

The wounded man was identified as Kelvin Thompson, 25, of the 4100 block of Maple Grove Road in the Maple Grove Apartments near White Marsh in Baltimore County, Edgerton said. Thompson was shot at least once in the chest and was in critical condition today at University.

Witnesses told police that Powell and Thompson were sitting on the front steps of 36 S. Fulton Ave. about 10 p.m. when two men, possibly three, suddenly appeared from around a corner and opened fire.

Edgerton said between five and eight shots were fired at the victims from nearly point-blank range.

After the shooting, the gunmen and an apparent accomplice were seen running south on Fulton Avenue.

At the scene, police found shell casings from a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and another type of handgun.

Inside the doorway to the building and within reach of the victims, police found several vials of suspected cocaine.

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