Man slain in alley in Irvington Neighbors report 13 gunshots

November 14, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 33-year-old man was killed in Irvington last night after a man shot him about 10 times at point-blank range in an alley, Baltimore homicide detectives said.

People in the neighborhood said they heard 13 gunshots and then saw the gunman walk away from the slain man, identified as Cassius Maurice Brown of the 4700 block of Old Frederick Road.

The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Irving Street, a small side street off the 4000 block of Massachusetts Ave.

"He just walked up to him, fired at him over and over, and walked away like it was nothing," said Patrick Monaghan, 16. "We counted the shots: There were 13 of them."

Patrick's mother, Ellen Monaghan, who has lived in the neighborhood for 36 years, said, "Thirteen shots on Friday the 13th . . . But it's not surprising. You get used to gunshots around here. As soon as you hear it, you just get away from the windows."

Police said no arrests were made last night and Mr. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene of about 10 gunshot wounds. No motive is known, police said.

As the killer walked from Irving Street, he strolled past two 12-year-old boys on bicycles.

"He was just walking along, he didn't care that we were there," said one of the boys.

Residents in the area said the neighborhood has had numerous shootings.

"You get used to it," said Mrs. Monaghan, a Morgan State University student.

"We get all kinds of shootings here -- drive-bys, random shootings, you name it."

She said the area has been hard hit by drug problems in recent years and most of the residents don't have the money to move away.

On Sept. 8, another man, Christopher Johnson, 22, of no known address, was shot in the chest and killed in the same neighborhood.

He was found lying in the 4000 block of Massachusetts Ave.

Police said they don't believe the shootings are related.

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