A 30-year-old West Baltimore man, a father of three described by friends as a frequent churchgoer, was fatally shot late last night in a robbery inside a carryout in the 1800 block of Edmondson Ave.
Two teen-agers are being sought.
Homicide Detective Scott Keller said the victim, Sterling A. Ingram, of the 500 block of Poplar Grove St., had gone into the Good Luck Chinese restaurant to pick up cigarettes shortly before 11 p.m. when two young men, one armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, entered.
Detective Keller said the men attempted to rob Mr. Ingram, who was holding money in his hand. He struggled with the gunman and was shot in the chest.
Mr. Ingram staggered outside and fell to the pavement, the detective said. He died at the scene.
The robbers picked up the victim's money from the floor and ran, police said.
Later, police issued warrants charging Richard Towson, 17, of the 5600 block of Frankford Ave., and Troy D. Friend, 18, of the 600 block of Brice St., with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Department of Parole and Probation records show that Towson is on probation for a handgun violation.
Mr. Ingram was married and had three children, two girls and a boy, according to friends.
He was described as a religious person who went to church every Sunday and frequently during the week as well.
"He had a Bible with him every day," said Lamont Crawford, who lives on the street where Mr. Ingram grew up. "He wasn't into drugs or anything. He didn't bother anybody."