2 shot after answering door West Baltimore couple's neighbor sought in connection with shootings.

April 29, 1992|By Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott | Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers

Two West Baltimore residents were critically wounded last night when they were shot shortly after answering a neighbor's knock on their front door, police said.

The victims, Wanda Benton and Tyrone Nance, both 34, of the 600 block of N. Pulaski St., were listed in critical but stable condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said they obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect, identified as Clinton Lamont Young, 29, also of the 600 block of N. Pulaski St.

Witnesses said a man knocked at the victims' door shortly after 11 p.m. Mr. Nance, who said he knew the neighbor only by the nickname of "Coconut," let the man in.

Police said the man then asked Mr. Nance, "Where's the gun?"

Mr. Nance told police he didn't know what his neighbor was talking about. The man then produced a handgun and fired several shots, police said.

Mr. Nance was wounded in the face and right arm and staggered outside where he sat down on the front steps at a house next door.

Ms. Benton, police said, was shot in the chest and neck and collapsed in the middle room of the home.

The suspect ran from the house.

Other neighbors who heard the gunfire summoned police and an ambulance.

Homicide detectives early today obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Young, charging him with two counts of attempted murder.

Investigators said they are attempting to determine a motive in the shootings.

A relative of the suspect said today Mr. Young did not reside at the address police are listing for him.

"I haven't seen Clinton in a long time, I hardly ever see him," said the woman, who requested anonymity. "He's not the type to shoot somebody, he's usually laughing and talking."

A woman who lives next door to the victims said today Ms. Benton and Mr. Nance have lived at the Pulaski Street address about four years.

"I said hello to them, they said hello to me, that was it," the woman said.

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