Police link deaths of 2 in Pimlico to drugs 2 shot from behind. 3rd dead in separate slaying. fTC

May 27, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Police said today they were still without a suspect in the apparent drug-related fatal shootings last night of two men who were gunned down from behind as they walked together in the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave. in Pimlico.

And in an apparent unrelated slaying, also in Pimlico, police said a man shot several times yesterday afternoon in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. and who died at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center remains unidentified.

The two men shot to death on Spaulding Avenue were identified at the scene as Andre Wallace, 24, of the 3600 block of Spaulding Ave., and Lamont Jones, 21, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave.

Homicide Detective Daniel Boone said Mr. Wallace was shot at least twice and Mr. Jones at least once. Both were shot at nearly point-blank range, probably with a revolver, since no shell casings were found at the scene, police said.

Autopsies were to be performed on the men today in order to recover the bullets, said Detective Boone.

"We'll know after the autopsies," he said, "if we're looking for more than one gunman."

He said the victims were walking east in the direction of Mr. Wallace's house at 10:30 p.m. after apparently getting some food and soft drink from a nearby carry-out and buying some clothing at a store when someone armed with an unknown caliber handgun walked up behind them as they crossed an alley near 3717 Spaulding Ave. and opened fire.

Both men fell to the pavement, with Mr. Wallace lying partly in the alley and Mr. Jones lying next to a large tree about 10 feet away.

Next to Mr. Jones' body was a pager.

"Since there were no signs of robbery," the detective said, "we think the men were killed in retaliation of something, possibly a drug deal."

Northwestern District police responding to a report of a shooting found the two men.

Lt. Joseph Russell of the Northwestern District said it appeared both men died instantly.

"Neither man knew what hit them," Lieut. Russell said.

Residents told police they heard six gunshots and then saw a man running west on Spaulding Avenue toward Cordelia Avenue.

Detective Boone said it was not known if that man was the killer or someone who may have been running at the sound of gunfire.

"We really don't have any actual witnesses to the murders," the detective said.

Not long after both men were slain, members of Mr. Jones' family arrived on the scene.

They said Mr. Jones had been employed by Pep Boys on U.S. 40 near Westview until sustaining a leg injury.

"He was hoping to return to work soon," said a family member.

In the earlier slaying, police responding to a shooting in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. around 2:20 p.m. found the body of an unidentified man lying face down on the pavement.

Police said the man was rushed by ambulance to Shock-Trauma, where he died a short time later of gunshot wounds to the head and body.

Police said they had no motive for the slaying and no suspect and that the victim's fingerprints were to be taken at the medical examiner's office in an effort to identify him.

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