1 killed, 3 wounded as 2 fire into crowd Apparent witnesses are uncooperative BALTIMORE CITY

December 24, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

One man was killed and three others wounded last night when two men with semiautomatic weapons sent a blaze of gunfire crackling into a crowd of people on a West Baltimore street corner, police said.

Three of the victims were taken to St. Agnes Hospital with relatively minor wounds, but the fourth -- apparently shot in the neck -- was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. when two men walked up to a crowd in front of Grossman's Liquor store at the corner of Westwood Avenue and Bloomingdale Road, police said.

The two men pulled out semiautomatic handguns and started shooting at several people in the crowd, police said. Two of the victims ran inside the store while the other two ran to a nearby firehouse in the 3100 block of W. North Ave. and banged on the door, yelling that they had been shot, police said.

The gunmen had fled the area by the time police arrived.

The identities of the victims were being withheld by police pending notification of relatives.

Investigators said they found at least 15 bullet casings on the ground in front of the store.

Witnesses to the shooting were uncooperative for the most part, police said. Two men identified as witnesses were taken from the scene to be questioned about what they saw, police said.

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