City murder rate hits 301 with fatal shooting

December 29, 1991

One man was found dead in an alley -- bringing Baltimore's 1991 murder total to 301 -- and a teen-ager was shot and wounded in the crowded basement of a house party in yesterday's violence in the city, police reported.

Both shootings occurred in the first hours of the day. The killing left the city four murders short of the dubious record set in 1990 of murders in a single year.

In the apparent murder, an unidentified black man in his mid-to-late 20s with bullet wounds to the upper body was found in an alley off the 1800 block of West Fayette Street.

Neighbors called police at 12:07 a.m. to report a shooting, and when officers arrived they found the victim -- and little else.

Police said they had no suspects. About 5 p.m. yesterday, nearly 17 hours after the body was discovered, police were still unable to identify the victim.

Less than two hours after that shooting, a 15-year-old named Jerry Latrol Davis, of the 400 block of East 28th Street, was at a party with about 50 other young people in the basement of a house in the 2800 block of Hilldale Avenue in Northwest Baltimore when he began arguing with another young man.

Police said that Jerry was shot once in the chest and once in the hand before his attacker ran from the party.

The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital where he was listed yesterday in critical condition.

Police, who interviewed several party guests, were looking for a suspect last night, although they said they had no name to go with a vague physical description.

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