Slaying suspect was on run

October 07, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

The man accused of killing WWIN-AM disc jockey Alfred Jerome Stewart is charged with two other recent acts of violence, including the shooting of five people last month on Harford Road.

Gary Ricardo Ward, 21, of the 1600 block of Darley Ave. had been on the run from police when Mr. Stewart was shot Wednesday on an East Baltimore street, police said.

Witnesses reported that the radio personality was standing in the 1400 block of Cliftview Ave. when a man walked up and fired shots.

It is unknown why the gunman wanted to kill Mr. Stewart, police said.

An autopsy report released by the state medical examiner shows that Mr. Stewart had ingested cocaine within 24 hours of his death.

At the time of the shooting, Mr. Ward was wanted in connection with a Sept. 17 shooting in which a gunman fired bullets into a crowd of people outside a nightclub in the 2200 block of Harford Road, court records said. One man was struck in the chest and another in the back, but they survived. The other three victims received minor gunshot wounds to the legs and buttocks.

Court records said a witness to the shooting told police that he saw Mr. Ward fire the gun, then make his getaway down an alley.

A week later, on Sept. 24, an employee of the C&P Food Mart in the 1600 block of Darley Ave. said he had been assaulted by Mr. Ward after he tried to stop him from shoplifting, court records said.

The victim, who swore out a complaint charging Mr. Ward with assault, said Mr. Ward smashed a bottle of orange juice on his head and repeatedly punched his face and eyes.

Mr. Ward is charged with murder and a felony handgun violation in the Stewart case. He was arrested Monday morning at his girlfriend's home in the 900 block of Luzerne Ave. He was being held without bail last night at the city Detention Center.

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