One killed, 3 wounded in two shootings Slaying victim was shot three times, witnesses say.

March 09, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A man was killed and three others critically wounded in two separate shootings last night and early yesterday, police said.

In the slaying, police responding to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Mosher and Payson streets shortly after 11 o'clock last night found Modesto Smith, 26, of the 1000 block of Argyle Ave., lying in the street, bleeding from several bullet wounds.

Mr. Smith was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight, police said.

Homicide Detective Donald Waltmeyer said witnesses reported seeing a man walk up to Mr. Smith from behind and shoot him at least three times.

Detective Waltmeyer said the victim was hit in the leg and arm. He said one of the bullets apparently pierced the femoral artery, causing Mr. Smith to lose a great deal of blood.

Police said they had no motive for the slaying and no one in custody.

About 3:30 a.m. yesterday, police said, an attempted drug-related robbery in the 1200 block of N. Dukeland St. left three people, including a woman, in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

At the scene, police recovered nearly 1,100 small glassine bags of heroin with an estimated street value of more than $27,000, and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Police arrested a man and a woman and charged each with multiple counts of attempted murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony in connection with the incident.

The victims face narcotics charges, police said.

Police Lt. James Carnes said that when Western District police arrived in the 1200 block of Dukeland they found Andye Kitt, 22, of the 3600 block of Labyrinth Road in northwest Baltimore, lying on the front steps of a house, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the right shoulder. The bullet also struck Miss Kitt's lungs.

Nearby, in the 2800 block of Ellicott Drive, police found Angel Salazar, 29, a bail bondsman from Spokane, Wash. He had been shot four times in the chest and once in the face.

In the 2700 block of Ellicott Drive, police found Israel Benitez, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., lying on the sidewalk with bullet wounds to the groin and head.

Lt. Carnes said Ms. Kitt and Mr. Benitez were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where they were listed today in critical but stable condition.

He said Mr. Salazar was taken to Shock-Trauma, where he, too, was listed today in critical but stable condition.

Nina Garnes, 18, of the 1700 block of Waverly Way, attempted to drive away from the 1200 block of Dukeland in a Mazda 300ZX but police stopped her and arrested her. In the car, police recovered a box of 9mm ammunition with 17 rounds missing.

After a brief chase along the alley behind the 1200 block of Dukeland, police arrested Darryl Payton, 26, of the 1900 block of W. Lanvale St.

Lt. Carnes said a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shootings, was found in the alley near where Mr. Payton was arrested. In the Ruger's cartridge clip, police found six live rounds.

Eleven empty shell casings were found on Dukeland Street where the shootings occurred, police said.

In the car that Ms. Garnes was attempting to drive away, police said, they found 1,098 small glassine bags of heroin.

Later, police said, they went to Ms. Kitt's home and found $3,500 in cash, an ounce of cocaine, more than 1,000 small glassine bags and drug-cutting agents.

Lt. Carnes said while Ms. Kitt was being treated at the hospital, police found a quantity of cocaine in her clothing and more than $1,300 in cash.

Following a bail hearing last night before a District Court commissioner, Mr. Payton was ordered held overnight without bond pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

Police said Ms. Garnes appeared before a District Court commissioner late last night and was ordered held without bail pending a bail review hearing today before a District Court judge.

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