Slaying of youth is linked to drugs

October 04, 1991|By Robert Hilson Jr.and Richard Irwin | Robert Hilson Jr.and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

A 15-year-old youth was killed and a 19-year-old was wounded in a shooting early today that police said was drug-related.

A third man was wounded shortly afterward in a separate shooting. The shootings occurred in northwest Baltimore.

Police said Roscoe Jackson, of the 5200 block of Wilton Heights Ave., was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. in the 3600 block of W. Garrison Ave. Sgt. Thomas Bannon of the Northwestern District said the youth and Edward Dorsey, 19, of Reisterstown, were near a telephone at Garrison and Beaufort avenues when two men came up behind them and shot them. Jackson was shot once in the head and declared dead at the scene, Bannon said. Dorsey, who ran when the shooting began, was shot once in the arm. He was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

Police said Jackson and Dorsey had beepers, cash and pieces of gold jewelry in their possession, which led investigators to believe the shootings were drug-related.

Police questioned several people who they thought witnessed the incident. No arrests have been made.

About an hour and a half after the first shooting, a 23-year-old man was shot in an alley nearby, apparently during a robbery, Bannon said.

Ira McCoy, whose address is not known, was walking with a youth near the 4600 block of Garrison Blvd. when an armed man stepped out of an alley and said, "You'd better get in the alley, Slim," Bannon said.

The youth ran away, but McCoy complied, Bannon said. When he stepped into the alley, two other men stepped out and demanded money and jewelry. Bannon said McCoy gave the men $200, a gold bracelet and a gold necklace.

One man then told McCoy to look down and declared, "I said don't look at me. Look down."

One shot was fired, Bannon said, striking McCoy in the leg. He was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

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