Man charged in slaying of passer-by

October 10, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a woman who was walking with her sister in the 1700 block of Latrobe St., police said.

Homicide Detective Walter Akers said David Johnson, of the 1600 block of Latrobe St., was arrested about 7:30 last night at his girlfriend's residence in the first block of N. Washington St. on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday night of Linda Renae Seward, of the 1800 block of Barclay St.

Johnson was also charged with using a handgun in the commission of a felony, Akers said. He was being held without bail at the Southeastern District lockup pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

About 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Seward was shot in the chest when gunfire broke out a block away as she and her sister, Karen Dudley, 28, were walking south in the 1700 block of Latrobe St., Akers said. Seward, who fell to the pavement alongside a house, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dudley was not injured.

Akers said the suspect and at least two other men were threatening each other and "staring each other down" in the 1600 block of Latrobe St. when one of them pulled out a large-caliber handgun and started shooting.

The detective said the bullet missed its intended target but struck Seward, who was more than 100 feet away.

Akers said information gathered from witnesses led to Johnson's arrest.

Police said the confrontation between the accused and the other men was reportedly over a drug deal that had turned sour.

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