Another slain on corner BALTIMORE CITY

December 25, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

One man was killed and another critically wounded las evening on the same West Baltimore corner where five people were shot the previous night, one of them fatally.

The two men, both 22-year-old residents of the 1600 block of Moreland Ave., were standing in front of Grossman's liquors at Westwood Avenue and Bloomingdale Road shortly before 5 p.m. when they were shot, police said.

The gunman fled, and police said they had no witnesses and no description of the suspect.

The victims, whose names were not released by police, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where one man died a short time later and the other was in critical condition.

One of the men was shot several times in the upper body and the other was shot at least once, also in the upper body, said homicide Detective Daniel Boone. Police found six shells at the scene; they were circled in red chalk to distinguish them from the 15 casings that were circled in yellow from the previous night.

The corner is just across the street from Tiffany Square, where 6-year-old Tiffany Smith was shot and killed in July 1991, when she was caught in the middle of a gunfight as she played on the street.

On Wednesday night, two men with semi-automatic weapons fired into a crowd gathered on the corner, wounding five people. Two of the victims ran inside the liquor store, while two others ran to a nearby firehouse, banging on the door and yelling that they had been shot. A fifth man later went to the hospital on his own for treatment. No arrests have been made in that shooting.

Danny Lawrence, 24, of the 1800 block of Riggs Ave., was shot through the neck and died a short time later at Shock Trauma. The other victims -- Robert Taylor, 53, of the 3800 block of Calloway Ave.; Warren King, 23, of the 1800 block of Rosedale St.; Donte Howard, 23, of the 1600 block of Shady Side Ave., and James Tynes, 26, of the 4400 block of Towanda Ave. -- all received minor injuries and were treated and released from local hospitals.

The corner is known for heavy drug activity and police said they believe both shootings may have been related to a turf dispute.

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