Two men shot in separate city homicides

October 05, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Two Baltimore men were shot to death in weekend homicides, including a transvestite who was killed in a downtown alley.

The killings -- both on Saturday morning -- brought Baltimore's homicide toll for the year to 253.

At 1 a.m. in Reservoir Hill, Maurice L. Lovelist, 25, was shot in the chest outside a liquor store at the intersection of Druid Hill Avenue and Whitelock Street.

Homicide Detective Daniel Boone said Mr. Lovelist and his brother, James Ray, were walking toward the liquor store when several people offered to sell them drugs. The detective said an argument broke out between the men and the drug dealers.

Police said one of the dealers shot Mr. Lovelist in the chest. He ran a short distance before collapsing and dying in the 2300 block of Druid Hill Ave. His brother, who was pistol-whipped, ran several blocks before police found him.

About 7:30 a.m., Ronald Smith, 27, of the 1700 block of W. Franklin St., was shot in the head in the 900 block of Hunter St.

Homicide Detective Christopher P. Graul said Mr. Smith was a dressed as a woman -- wearing high heels, a leopard-skin leotard and a wig -- when he was killed.

Detective Graul said robbery did not appear to be the motive, since money was found on the body. The detective also said the killing had no apparent connection to another homicide Wednesday in which the victim was found bleeding in the 1100 block of Hunter -- an alleyway that runs between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue.

The victim, identified only as Tony Dukes, was found at 1 a.m. Wednesday, bleeding heavily from a leg wound, and died an hour later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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