The chief teller of a bank branch in West Baltimore was fatally wounded today while sitting in her van on the parking lot of the bank in the 500 block of N. Franklintown Road.
Meanwhile, police were investigating an unrelated incident today in which a man was chased for several blocks by five gunmen who fired a volley of at least 17 shots at him before critically wounding him in the face and neck.
The bank teller, 59, was sitting in her van about 8 a.m. when a Mazda drove up and an occupant got out and fired two shots through her right front window. The gunman used a large-caliber handgun, police said.
Bank officials told police it was the woman's habit to arrive every day at the bank about 8 a.m. and wait for a second employee to unlock the bank doors.
In the shooting of the teller, police citywide were alerted to watch for a man wearing a beanie with a propeller top. The black male was believed wounded in the abdomen and police were also checking hospital emergency rooms.
It could not be determined how the man might have been wounded.
The other shooting victim, Eugene Williams, 29, was in critical condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
According to Teresa Schaefer, owner of the Right Place Bar in the 1800 block of W. Pratt St., Williams staggered into her bar about 6:30 a.m.
Schaefer said Williams was bleeding profusely from the mouth and had also been shot in the nose.
She said the wounded man wandered back and forth in her bar in a daze while she called the 911 emergency number for an ambulance.
Suddenly, she said, Williams, sitting at the front door, looked outside and muttered "Aw, here they come after me come again."
Schaefer said she saw five men coming down the street toward Williams but they broke and ran when police cars arrived.
A woman believed to be the girlfriend or sister was also shot at by one of the gunmen. She was not injured.
An Evening Sun reporter at the scene was asked on two separate occasions if he wanted to buy heroin while in the first block of S. Fulton St.