Shootings at Christmas kill 2, injure 3 in separate incidents BALTIMORE CITY

December 26, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

A 30-year-old mother of two is the latest fatality in several separate Christmas week shootings in Baltimore.

The latest victim was Sharon Gray of the 770 block of W. Saratoga St. The woman was shot in the head by an unidentified man outside her apartment building late Christmas Eve and died of injuries the next morning at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Homicide detectives say the man came to her apartment, knocked, talked to someone inside, then left.

Ms. Gray then came outside of the apartment, where the man immediately grabbed her, detectives said. A family dog charged the man, who shot the dog. When Ms. Gray protested the shooting, the man shot her, detectives said.

The victim's sons, one between 3 and 5 and the other 11, as well as the victim's 11-year-old sister, were in the apartment when the shooting occurred, detectives said.

They notified police, who reported that the gunman was about 5-foot-6 and was wearing dark clothing.

* In a separate incident, one man was shot shortly after midnight yesterday -- apparently for no reason, police said -- as he was walking on the 1600 block of E. Oliver St.

Anthony Ferguson, 30, of the 1600 block of E. 28th St., was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Police said he was shot in the chest, near his left lung. Police said they have no witnesses.

* Another Baltimore man remains in serious condition after being shot in the chest by his roommate in their home on the 2200 block of Brookfield Ave. Deshon Clark, 32, was shot once in the chest at noon yesterday. He was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Detectives charged his roommate, John Brown, 32, of the same address, with attempted murder.

* Also yesterday, detectives released the identity of two 22-year-old men who were shot Christmas Eve on the same street where five people were shot one night earlier.

The two men 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.

Police identified the man who died as Charles Barnes of the 1600 block of Moreland Ave. Police said he was shot in his left shoulder, piercing his aorta.

Police identified the injured man as Derrick Lide, also of 1600 block of Moreland Ave. Police said he was shot seven times in the upper and lower body.

He was listed in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

The only identification police had of the gunman was that he was 6 feet tall.

The incident occurred just across the street from Tiffany Square, where 6-year-old Tiffany Smith was shot and killed in July 1991. She was caught in cross-fire as she played in the street.

* At that same location Wednesday night, five people were injured after two men with semi-automatic weapons opened fire into a crowd. Two victims ran into the liquor store, while two others ran to a nearby firehouse, telling Fire Department personnel they had been shot. The fifth victim, a man, went to the hospital for his own treatment.

One victim, Danny Lawrence, 24, of the 1800 block of Riggs Ave. died a short time later at Shock Trauma. He had been shot through the neck.

The two incidents occurred in a neighborhood known for heavy drug activity, said police, who believe both shootings may have been related to a turf dispute.

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