Gunfire kills man in P.G. and another in Baltimore

December 01, 1991

Baltimore homicide detectives were seeking clues and witnesses yesterday in the shooting death of a Northwest Baltimore man found in the driver's seat of a car near his home Friday evening.

In Prince George's County, a 20-year-old man was killed Friday night, on the Capital Plaza shopping mall parking lot in Bladensburg, where he was walking from the mall with a group of friends about 8 p.m., county police said.

The Baltimore victim, Donte Dewayne Cooper, who would have been 20 yesterday, was found in the driver's seat of a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier that had crashed into a parked car and a chain-link fence in the 3900 block of Norfolk Avenue.

Detectives think Mr. Cooper was shot repeatedly at 6:15 p.m. while sitting in the parked car about three blocks away in the 3200 block of Oakfield Avenue.

After hearing gunshots, witnesses saw the young man drive down Oakfield Avenue and turn right onto the 4000 block of Norfolk Avenue.

The victim drove for a block and a half before losing control several doors away from his family's home.

Investigators said the killing might be drug-related. They are interviewing the owners of the Cavalier.

The mall victim, Keith Newman of the 3500 block of 54th Avenue in Hyattsville, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center and was pronounced dead at 8:34 p.m.

Police said Mr. Newman was leaving the mall with three or four others when a man brandishing a handgun walked toward them from a wooded areaand told them not to run. When the group decided to flee, the gunman fired two or three shots, striking the victim.

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