Killings of man, woman bring to 10 the number slain in city in '93

January 07, 1993|By Richard Irwin and Michael James | Richard Irwin and Michael James,Staff Writers

The slayings early today of a 65-year-old man and a woman in her early 40s in Forest Park brought to 10 the number of people slain in the city in the first seven days of 1993.

Police said the man and woman were found shot to death in the man's home at the Wakefield Apartments in the 4300 block of Wakefield Road.

Police identified the man as Julius Rogers, Jr. of that address. The woman was not immediately identified. Police described her as a black female in her 40s.

The bodies, found next to each other, were discovered by Northwestern District police responding to a report of gunshots coming from the apartment about 2 a.m.

When police arrived, they were directed to the couple's second-floor apartment by residents of the building who were standing outside.

Police said that the apartment showed no signs of forced entry and that no arrests had been made. However, several people were being interviewed at police headquarters.

At this point last year, a dozen homicides had been recorded in the city.

Yesterday, three people, including two teen-agers, died in separate incidents. Two of the victims were shot; the third died from a stab wound.

About 11 p.m. Wednesday, a man died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was shot in the 500 block of E. 20th St. less than an hour earlier. He was identified as Lamont Grayson, 19, of the 1600 block of Homestead St.

Two other men, who were not identified, also were shot during the incident and were taken to Union Memorial Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the legs.

Police said they had no motive for the shootings. No arrests had been made.

About 9:05 a.m., Antwon Payne, 17, was shot in the chest at his home in the 1200 block of Harford Ave., and a friend, Jeffrey Johnson, 19, was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

The two may have been playing with a revolver, and Mr. Johnson apparently was holding the weapon when it discharged, a bullet hitting the Payne youth, investigators said.

Mr. Johnson then dragged the Payne youth out the door to the pavement in front of the house, police said. Detectives said they believe the victim was taken outside to make it appear as if he had been shot on the street.

The Payne youth was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 8:30 p.m., police said.

Mr. Johnson, of the 2400 block of Orleans St., was being held pending a bail hearing today.

Yesterday's third homicide was reported at 5:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Gainsborough Court in Northeast Baltimore near the county line. Police said Donte Keith Lewis, 17, was found dead in his bedroom.

The youth's mother discovered her son's body on his bed when she returned home from work.

Police said it appeared young Lewis died from at least one stab wound to the neck and that his hands were bound.

Police said they had no motive for the youth's slaying.

Another shooting incident occurred about 5:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of Ensor St. when Maurice Harrison, 32, of the 2200 block of Guilford Ave. was struck in the abdomen by a bullet fired by an unidentified man, police said.

Mr. Harrison was standing on the sidewalk when the man fired and then fled, police said.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in critical condition last night.

The homicides yesterday followed a slaying Tuesday night of a Clifton Park-area man who was found dead in an alley near his home.

Robert Sylvester Jones, 24, of the 1600 block of E. 25th St. had received at least one gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was found in an alley between the 1600 and 1700 blocks of E. 25th St.

Police said Mr. Jones, who was training to be a barber, had left his home about 10:15 p.m., telling his parents he was going to the store.

Several minutes later, residents reported hearing several gunshots coming from the alley.

Police reported that no arrests had been made last night.

Police asked anyone with information about the slayings to call them at 396-2100.

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