A bail hearing in Eastside District Court was set today for a 14-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 47-year-old woman Tuesday night, police said.
In a separate incident, a man who was shot twice at Luzerne Avenue and Hoffman Street in East Baltimore died shortly after 1 a.m. today, becoming the city's 20th murder victim of 1992, police said.
The 14-year-old boy, a resident of the 800 block of E. Chase St., was interviewed last evening at police headquarters after homicide detectives investigating the slaying of Mary Maza Jackson, of the 1000 block of Wilmot Court, received information about him as a possible suspect in the case.
After the interview, the youth was charged shortly after 7 p.m. with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Then he was taken to the Eastern police station, where he was held overnight without bail pending today's bail hearing, police said.
Police, who declined to identify the youth even though he was charged as an adult, said they had no motive in the slaying.
A homicide detective said the youth's name was not being released on the order of the Baltimore state's attorney's office.
"They want to look at the case today before releasing his name," the detective said.
According to police reports, Jackson and a male friend were walking in the 1000 block of Valley St. in the Johnston Square section about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a male with a handgun approached from behind.
Three shots rang out and Jackson fell to the pavement with three bullet wounds in the back, police said.
Jackson's companion fled and was not injured.
A city ambulance crew arrived a few minutes later and pronounced Jackson dead.
Police said it remained unclear whether Jackson or her companion was an intended target, or whether the assailant fired prematurely while about to commit an armed robbery.
In today's shooting, Eastern District police answered a call at Luzerne Avenue and Hoffman Street about 12:30 a.m. and found a man lying in the intersection, bleeding from gunshot wounds to the left wrist and left side.
The unidentified man was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room about 1:15, police said.
Police said the man was to be fingerprinted at the state medical examiner's office in an effort to identify him.
Police said they have no arrests in the case and no motive.