City police today pressed their search for the killer or killers of two men ambushed last night as they walked together in the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave. in Pimlico.
The victims may have been slain in a drug-related matter, an investigator said. There were no suspects and relatively few clues.
"Neither man knew what hit them," said Lt. Joseph Russell of the Northwestern District. Both men died almost instantly, he said.
In an apparent unrelated slaying, also in Pimlico, police said an unidentified man was shot several times yesterday afternoon in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. and died at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
The two men shot to death on Spaulding Avenue were identified 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 received at least two bullet wounds and and Mr. Jones one. 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 today to recover the bullets, said Detective Boone.
"We'll know after the autopsies if we're looking for more than one gunman," he said.
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 drinks from a nearby carry-out and buying some clothing at a store when someone armed with a 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 next to a large tree about 10 feet away.
A pager lay next to Mr. Jones' body.
Northwestern District officers responding to a report of a shooting found the victims.
"Since there were no signs of robbery," the detective said, "we think the men were killed in retaliation of something, possibly a drug deal."
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 from the sound of gunfire.
"We really don't have any actual witnesses to the murders," he said.
Not long after the 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 report of a shooting in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. around 2:20 p.m. found the body of an unidentified man lying on the pavement.
Police said the man was taken by ambulance to Shock-Trauma, where he died a short time later of gunshot wounds to the head and body.
Police said they knew of no motive for the slaying and no suspect. The victim's fingerprints were being taken at the medical examiner's office in an effort to identify him.