Man dead, bystander wounded in shooting Woman is shot while unloading her groceries.

February 20, 1992|By John Rivera and Richard Irwin | John Rivera and Richard Irwin,Staff Writers

One man was killed and two other people, including a bystander, were wounded last night in a shooting on a West Baltimore street, police said.

Police said that shortly before 8 p.m., Elliot Ray, 23, and Darryl Owens, 20, left their residences in the George B. Murphy Homes public housing project in the 1000 block of Argyle Ave. and were followed from the high-rise building by two men in black leather jackets.

As Mr. Ray and Mr. Owens walked in the 800 block of Harlem Ave., the two men following them called out to Mr. Ray, using his nickname of "Piggy Ray," police said.

Police said Mr. Ray acknowledged the men and he and Mr. Owens walked on. The men called out to Mr. Ray again, then opened fire, said Detective Errol Etting.

Both were hit by several bullets, the detective said. Beverly Norton, 45, unloading groceries from the trunk of her car in front of her house, was shot in the leg.

Mr. Ray died at 9 p.m. at University of Maryland Medical Center, where Mr. Owens was in stable condition today.

Mr. Etting said Ms. Norton was treated at Mercy Medical Center for a wound to the right calf and released.

Detective Etting said police found Mr. Ray lying in front of 847 Harlem Ave. with a bullet wound in the chest and two in the back. Mr. Owens was in front of a house across the street. He was shot once in the buttocks and once in the chest.

The assailants fled.

The homicide was Baltimore's 44th this year, compared with 45 by this date last year.

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