The owner of a West Baltimore exterminating business was bludgeoned to death in an apparent robbery attempt yesterday afternoon, and another man was fatally shot in the Walbrook area as the city's weekend murder toll climbed to five.
A friend found the owner of Scat-a-Bug, a small exterminator supply shop in the 1200 block of West North Avenue, lying in a pool of blood shortly before 3 p.m., police said. George Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene.
His battered body was discovered near the store entrance covered with a plastic-wrapped screen door, police said.
Known by neighbors as "the exterminator man," Mr. Taylor was repeatedly bludgeoned with a blunt instrument in an apparent confrontation with would-be robbers, said Detective Chris Graul.
Shocked neighbors clustered in front of a package goods store across the street and watched police wrap a plastic line around the brick shop at the corner of North and Druid Hill avenues. Several in the group described Mr. Taylor as a "nice man" who "didn't bother nobody."
"If you had bugs in the house, you would go to the exterminator man and get something to eliminate them," said one elderly man, who would not give his name but said he lived in the neighborhood some 30 years. "It hurts that this happens."
About 12 hours earlier, police found a 21-year-old Pimlico man shot to death in the 2300 block of Presbury Street. A caller reported the shooting to the police about 3:10 a.m., and officers found Antonio Lee Brown of the 5400 block of Lynview Avenue dead on the street.
Police also identified a 22-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death Saturday in an alley behind the 200 block of North Carey Street. But the police still had neither a suspect nor motive in the death of Veronica Elizabeth Reese of the 1500 block of East Lanvale Street. Police said she had been stabbed once in the chest.
The other victims of weekend murders were two West Baltimore sisters -- Denise Sparrow, 27, and the seven-months-pregnant Yvonne Sparrow, 33 -- who were stabbed to death Saturday at a home in the 2200 block of West Fayette Street.
Police said a man seen running from the house, 38-year-old Joseph Evans Sr. of the first block of South Calverton Road, was arrested.
Mr. Evans was listed in stable condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center, under treatment for knife wounds, and charges were pending.
He was believed to be distraught over a failed relationship with the younger Sparrow sister, police said.