One killed, 4 wounded in three shootings Driver, apparent holdup victim, found in his taxi.

March 09, 1992|By Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki | Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

A 44-year-old cab driver was shot twice in the head today during an apparent robbery attempt in West Baltimore, city police said.

In two other shootings last night and early yesterday in Baltimore, a man was killed and three other people were critically wounded.

Police said the Diamond Cab driver shot today, Eric Davis, was at University of Maryland Medical Center in unknown condition.

The victim was shot twice in the left side of the head.

Mr. Davis was found slumped over the wheel of his taxi on Bentalou Street near Edmondson Avenue about 4:55 a.m.

The driver's window was shattered and the front passenger's door was open. The cab, No. 921, was positioned at the curb.

Western District police said a Mass Transit Administration bus driver said she saw the cab turn off Edmondson Avenue onto Bentalou.

"The next thing she knew the cabbie was shot," said an officer who asked not to be identified.

He said $45 was found on the ground near the cab.

In the slaying, police responding to a report of a shooting at 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, a drug-related attempted robbery in the 1200 block of N. Dukeland St. left two men and 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.

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 in 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 in 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 also was listed in critical but stable condition today.

Nina Garnes, 18, of the 1700 block of Waverly Way, attempted to drive away from the 1200 block of Dukeland but police stopped her and arrested her.

Police said they recovered a box of 9mm ammunition with 17 rounds missing from her car.

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.

Lieutenant Carnes said a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shootings, was found in the alley near where Mr. Payton was arrested.

Police said they found six live rounds in the Ruger's cartridge clip.

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, an ounce of cocaine, more than 1,000 small glassine bags and drug-cutting agents.

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

After 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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