A city cab driver was slain and a man hailing a cab for his girlfriend was shot in unrelated robbery attempts early today on the streets in Baltimore, city police said.
Police said the cab driver was shot to death shortly after 3 a.m. in the 2400 block of W. Franklin St., as he waited for a bus after getting off work.
The driver's name was withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
Two men, one armed with a handgun, approached and demanded his money.
Police said the cabbie was shot once in the chest and died at the scene a few minutes later. He was found lying on his back on a dirt plot near an Amoco service station.
Witnesses told police the gunman and his accomplice drove off in a car.
Police said the bus stop is a few blocks from his employer, the Royal Cab Co. in the 2500 block of W. Lexington St.
Homicide Detective David P. Peckoo said the motive appears to be robbery but the victim still had money on him when found.
Police interviewed several people who reportedly witnessed the incident in an attempt to learn the identification of the two men.
No arrests had been made.
The city homicide count is now 190 for the year, compared with 165 at this time last year.
In the other shooting, Larry Washington, 19, of the 500 block of E. 43rd St., was wounded during a barrage of gunfire while hailing a cab for his girlfriend in front of his North Baltimore home.
The victim told police a man in his late 20s armed with a handgun approached him about 4 a.m. and demanded his money.
When he told the gunman he did not have any money, the assailant fired five or six shots, one of which struck Mr. Washington in the neck, police said.
The gunman, wearing a red shirt and black pants, fled without taking any money.
Police said they have no suspects.
Mr. Washington was in fair and stable condition at Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.