Homicide toll passes 300 mark Latest victim dies in drug-related 'payback' shooting

November 30, 1992|By Peter Hermann and Frank D. Roylance | Peter Hermann and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writers

A drug-related triple shooting last night in West Baltimore tha left one man dead and another killing Saturday in the Pimlico area pushed the city's homicide toll for the year beyond the 300 mark, authorities said.

In last night's gunfire, three men -- two of whom are brothers -- were gunned down in their second-floor apartment in the 3700 block of Windsor Mill Road in what police described as revenge for a drug deal gone sour.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Theodore Kearney, 24, police said. His brother, William Massey, 27, was listed in fair condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Another resident of the apartment, a 29-year-old man who was not identified pending notification of relatives, was in critical condition.

Police Sgt. Michael Beccio of the Southwestern District said two armed men kicked down the door of the apartment about 8:50 p.m. One was armed with a shotgun, the other with an undetermined firearm.

Both men opened fire on the three men in the kitchen of the apartment. At least three shots were fired from the shotgun, police said. One of the injured men was shot in the back.

Investigators said they were searching last night for two suspects.

Police said an interview with at least one of the injured men indicated that the shootings were "payback" for a drug deal that went bad on Saturday night. They would not elaborate on the details of the drug deal.

A search of the apartment, however, turned up no weapons or drugs.

"These guys weren't expecting it," Sergeant Beccio said. "It was like someone took a knife to a gunfight."

The year's 300th homicide victim was a 22-year-old man who was shot to death a few blocks from his Pimlico-area home.

Detectives said Everett Farmer of the 5200 block of St. Charles Ave. was dead at the scene of the 6 p.m. shooting.

Police said he had been shot once in the head in the 5100 block of Beaufort Ave., southwest of Pimlico Race Track.

Police said they had no motive, suspect or witness in the case.

Last night's killing on Windsor Mill Road was the 301st.

Last year, 304 people were killed in Baltimore homicides -- not a record numerically, but an all-time high in the homicide death rate of 42 per 100,000 population.

The record number of homicides is 330, set in 1972. Advances in emergency care -- particularly development of the shock-trauma medical system -- are viewed as a factor in keeping the homicide toll from exceeding the record in recent years.

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