Two men armed with large caliber semi-automatic handguns opened fire early today on a group of men standing on a street in Walbrook, killing two of them, police said.
The killings were the second double-homicide in the city this week. Tuesday night, two Pimlico-area men were gunned down in the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave. Police said there was no connection between the two shootings.
Homicide Detective David Brown said four or five men were talking together in the 2900 block of W. North Ave. near Poplar Grove Street around 1:40 a.m. when two men casually walked up.
Witnesses told police the two men never spoke before each pulled an semi-automatic handgun and fired several shots into the group.
Detective Brown said Derrick Scott, 30, of the 1700 block of Gertrude Ave., was shot several times and fell to the pavement.
As the other men fled in a panic, one gunman pursued Bernard Mosley, 27, of the 2900 block of Walbrook Ave., north toward the 2900 block of Herbert St.
Mr. Mosley was running down an alley when the gunman caught up to him and shot him several times in the upper body, killing him.
Investigators believe Mr. Mosley was an intended target, but police said Mr. Scott may have been shot by mistake.
Ten empty shell casings were found at the scene, which is less than a two blocks from a city firehouse.
Mr. Scott was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center where he died shortly after arrival.
Detective Brown said he had no obvious motive for the killings but said the surprise-type shooting could indicate the attack was drug-related.
"We've had others like this one that involved drugs," he said.
Meanwhile, police said no arrests have been made in the slayings on Spaulding Avenue.
Andre Wallace, 24, of the 3600 block of Spaulding Ave., and Lamont Jones, 24, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave., were shot and killed while walking on the street.
There have been seven homicides in the city this week, police said.