One killed, 10 injured in 5 shooting incidents

April 01, 1993|By Rafael Alvarez and Roger Twigg | Rafael Alvarez and Roger Twigg,Staff Writers

The carnage continues on Baltimore's streets, with police investigating five unrelated shooting incidents that left one person dead and 10 others wounded on Tuesday.

The killing brought Baltimore's homicide total to 79, four more than by the same date last year.

Police have no suspects in any of the shootings, including the fatal attack near Johns Hopkins Hospital and a drive-by shooting at an open-air drug market at the corner of Ashland and Milton avenues, about a mile from the hospital. Five people were wounded, none seriously in that incident.

Maj. Alvin A. Winkler, commander of the Eastern District, was on Ashland Avenue with a team of officers yesterday, trying to calm fears and develop leads in a neighborhood sinking under drugs and crime.

"Fear causes citizens to stay inside," Major Winkler said. "But as we knock on doors and bring people together at community meetings, then we'll start to tear down the wall of fear, and that will run the criminal element out."

One resident, a 28-year-old woman who asked that her name be withheld, expressed little faith in the recently adopted community policing strategy. Asked what could be done to save the neighborhood, she said: "Abandon it."

Community policing calls for close cooperation between police and neighborhood residents.

Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, two men in a car pulled up to a group of young men at the corner of Milton and Ashland and opened fire.

Because 28 shell casings from handguns of three different calibers were found in the 2500 block of Ashland Ave., police believe some of the men on the corner returned the fire. All of the wounded -- from 17 to 27 years of age -- were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment.

The fatal shooting occurred in the 800 block of N. Broadway about 10 p.m. Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Corey Tucker of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Police said that a teen-ager discovered the victim lying behind an old school at 825 N. Broadway about 10:15 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds. The youth ran to nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital to report the shooting.

In another shooting, Arthur James Allen, 17, of the 3800 block of Fairview Ave., suffered a minor head wound. He told police he was walking in the 2200 block of Roslyn Ave. in Southwest Baltimore just before 8 p.m. when four men driving by in a dark blue car opened fire.

In another case, a man told police he was walking in the 1000 block of Orleans St. shortly after 7 p.m. when an unidentified man shot him in the leg for no apparent reason. Antonio Johnson, of the 1000 block of Orleans St., was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment.

In another incident, two men from New York City told city police they were standing in the 600 block of N. Monroe St. about 12:45 p.m. when they were shot.

Kenya Milton, 20, suffered a gunshot wound of the left shoulder, and Reggie Harris, 23, was shot in the right leg. They told police they were shot for no apparent reason.

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