City firefighter, two others hit during gunfight

November 04, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A Baltimore firefighter was shot in the face and two other men shot in the legs during a shootout outside a Reisterstown Road nightclub early yesterday between several men armed with handguns and shotguns.

All three of those wounded were bystanders in the exchange of gunfire between two groups of men standing on opposite sides of the 5400 block of Reisterstown Road about 2:15 a.m.

Police said they found at least 10 empty handgun and shotgun casings after the shooting incident. The gunmen all escaped, and police said they knew of no motive for the fight.

Listed in serious but stable condition to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center was Firefighter Leonard Spence Jr., 21, of the 3700 block of Forest Park Ave., who is assigned to Engine Company No. 36 in the 2200 block of Edmondson Ave. Shot in the legs and released Tuesday afternoon following emergency treatment at Sinai Hospital were Dwayne Evans, 18, of the 5300 block of Wabash Ave., and Gerard Wilson, 19, of the 6500 block of Woodgreen Court in Woodlawn, Baltimore County.

Homicide Detective Donald Ossmus said that both groups of men engaged in the shooting had left the Caribbean Club only moments before the gunfire broke out.

Suddenly, they opened fire at each other with shotguns and .45-caliber handguns.

None of the armed men was hit, investigators said, but Firefighter Spence was driving by when a bullet pierced the driver's side window and struck him in the right cheek.

He lost control of his car and crashed into two unoccupied cars parked outside an auto parts store less than a block away.

The other shooting victims were standing at a bus stop on the east side of Reisterstown Road, Detective Ossmus said.

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