A 28-year-old man and his uncle were shot to death last night after several men chased them into their West Baltimore house, ending a confrontation that had started about two hours earlier over a bicycle, police said.
Kenneth King, shot four times, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave.
His uncle, Stanford Carter, 47, was shot in the left side, right knee and left hand. He died shortly before midnight at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore after undergoing surgery.
Homicide Detective Donald Waltmeyer said the killings apparently were related to an argument around 6 p.m. on Edmondson Avenue between King, who was riding a 10-speed bicycle, and several men who had stopped him and accused him stealing it.
Following a fight, witnesses told investigators the group took the bike away from the man and left.
Around 8:30 p.m., witnesses told police, four or five men drove up to a house in the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave. and got out of the vehicle.
The men were the same ones who retrieved the bike two hours earlier on Edmondson Avenue, according to the investigation.
King and Carter were outside. Police said that when they saw the men, they ran into the row house.
Waltmeyer said the other men chased King and Carter inside and one or more began firing handguns at the two as they ran down the hallway toward the kitchen.
Waltmeyer said King was shot at the top of the basement stairs and fell down the steps.
Carter was shot three times before he reached the living room, staggered outside and fell on the front porch.
Their assailants fled the house and drove off. No arrests have been made.
Several other people, including women and children, were in the house, but none were injured.
Moments after the shooting, police and an ambulance crew arrived at the home, where the other occupants were in a state of panic, police said.
Officers found Carter crumpled on the front porch. King's body was in the basement.