Three city men killed in unrelated shootings No suspects or motives yet in the slayings

September 16, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Three city men were shot to death last night in unrelate incidents and police had no suspects or motives for the slayings.

The latest homicide occurred at 2:12 a.m. in the 2000 block of Boone St. in East Baltimore.

The others were in West Baltimore and occurred within 15 minutes of each other. One of them occurred in a drug-free zone near an elementary school.

In the East Baltimore slaying, police responded to a shooting in the 2000 block of Boone St.

They found the body of a 32-year-old man slumped at the wheel of his 1991 Toyota pickup truck.

The victim, identified as Thomas Wessel, of the 4300 block of Shamrock Ave. in northeast Baltimore, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Homicide detective Michael Crutchfield said it appeared the man was shot by someone standing outside the vehicle because the driver's side window was shattered.

The passenger's window, the detective said, was up and not damaged.

"We don't know what the motive was," the detective said.

In West Baltimore, police answered a call of a shot fired in the 2800 block of W. Lanvale St. at 12:13 a.m.

They followed a trail of blood for four blocks before finding a 25-year-old man slumped on the front steps of a house in the 600 block of Ashburton St.

Residents of the area told police they heard the shot and saw the man running before he collapsed on the steps of the house.

The man, Ervin Doss, 25, of the 2600 block of Lauretta Ave., had been shot in the upper right arm by a bullet that pierced the brachial artery, located above the inside of the elbow.

Rushed by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the man was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. by a physician.

Police said it appeared the man bled to death and that they had no motive for the slaying and no witnesses.

Several minutes earlier in the 1300 block of N. Gilmor St., police responded to a report of a shooting.

They found the body of an unidentified man lying along a walkway between a house and the Gilmor Elementary School.

Homicide Detective Earl Etting said the man, who was shot in the head, had been pronounced dead at the scene.

He said a shell casing found near the man turned out to have been fired earlier and was not connected to the slaying.

The man had no identification on him and his fingerprints were to be taken at the medical examiner's office.

Anyone having information about any of the slayings is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

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