In real life, slayings keep city police busy

February 01, 1993

While fictional Baltimore homicide detectives were being featured in the debut of a network television crime series, their real-life counterparts were heading to yet another city slaying -- that of a man on a street in Pimlico.

Also over the weekend, in a case with a twist suitable for a Hollywood scriptwriter, police officers at the scene of a slaying outside a Northwest Baltimore McDonald's restaurant recognized and arrested a suspect in an unrelated killing.

And in another case -- one that did not prove fatal -- police arrested an 11-year-old boy on juvenile charges for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old on the city's east side.

The city's latest homicide occurred at 11:30 p.m. last night when an unidentified man in his mid-20s died in the emergency room at Sinai Hospital from a bullet wound to the upper body following an argument with three men a half-hour earlier in the 4100 block of Pimlico Road.

Northwestern District police found the man lying in the street at 11 p.m.

Witnesses told police a man wearing all gray clothes and armed with a gun was seen fleeing the scene with two other men. Police had no motive for the slaying.

In East Baltimore, George Smith, 16, of the 400 block of Pittman Place, is listed in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being shot in the left arm and stomach by an 11-year-old neighbor Saturday night during an argument near their homes, police said.

Police said the suspect was arrested near the scene and was charged, as a juvenile, with assault by shooting.

While police were investigating the fatal shooting Saturday night of David Johnson, 20, of the 2600 block of Oswego Ave., who was slain while he sat in a bullet riddled car on the McDonald's restaurant lot at Reisterstown Road and West Cold Spring Lane, an officer recognized an onlooker wanted for the Dec. 16, 1992, slaying of Corey Baker, 15, of the 3700 block of Mohawk Ave., during a drug-related robbery in the 3100 block of Woodland Ave.

The suspect, Keith Minor, 22, of the 4600 block of Pall Mall Road, was arrested at the scene without incident on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.

He was being held at the Northwestern District lockup without bail pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

The new NBC series, "Homicide," is set in Baltimore. It debuted last night after the Super Bowl.

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