Woman slain at front door Neighbor tells police he thought she was breaking in.

November 11, 1991|By From staff reports

City homicide detectives have charged a 21-year-old northwest Baltimore man with the murder of his next-door-neighbor, an 18-year-old city high school senior.

Adrian Jordan, of the 3400 block of W. Belvedere Ave., was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of Shawneeka Rene Gunter. Jordan will have a bail review hearing today.

Gunter was one of two people killed in the city yesterday. A man was shot to death in a drive-by shooting on Greenmount Avenue last night.

The killings brought to 252 the number of people murdered in Baltimore this year compared with 254 at this time in 1990.

Gunter, a senior at Northwestern High School and the mother of a 2-year-old girl, was shot once in the chest about 3:30 a.m. in the vestibule of the suspect's house, police said. The weapon, fired at point-blank range, was a sawed-off shotgun.

Gunter apparently was trying to let herself into the home, where her boyfriend lived with Jordan, police said. She apparently had been given a key yesterday.

Police said Jordan told them that he thought Gunter was trying to break into the house and that, after opening the door, he was attempting to lower the shotgun when it went off by accident.

In the other city slaying, a 33-year-old man was killed last night by two gunmen who shot him and a companion in the 2000 block of Greenmount Ave., homicide detectives said.

The victim, John E. Goines, of the 300 block of E. 20th St., was walking along Greenmount Avenue with Thomas Boyd, 37, of the 300 block of E. 21st St., about 7:30 p.m. when they were fired on by two men who drove by in a car.

Detective Kevin Davis said Goines, who was shot in the head, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died. Boyd, wounded in the right leg, was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center.

"We have no suspects, no motive and no witnesses," Davis said.

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