2 dead, 3 wounded in shootings Homicide toll is 144 for year so far

June 05, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

In Baltimore's latest surge of violence, three people were seriously wounded in separate shootings yesterday, and detectives are still looking for leads in two homicides from Thursday.

The homicides bring the city's 1993 total to 144, compared with 129 at this time last year, the city's worst year ever for murder.

The most recent shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, when a man on a basketball court in the 5600 block of Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore was shot by an unidentified gunman.

Police withheld the victim's name pending notification of relatives.

A resident in the area helped the victim walk to a nearby home in the 1400 block of Montpelier St., where an ambulance was called. The man was in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Another shooting was reported about 12:15 p.m. at the corner of North Carrollton Avenue and Mosher Street, where Kenneth Scott, 26, of the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave., was found with a single gunshot wound to the face, police said.

Mr. Scott was listed in serious but stable condition last night at Shock Trauma. Police were unable to establish a motive for the shooting.

Another shooting occurred about 4:15 a.m. at a bus stop in the 2300 block of E. Northern Parkway, police said.

Michael Russell, 26, of the 1200 block of Beaumont Ave., was standing at the stop when a stranger approached and pointed a gun at him, police said.

After taking Mr. Russell's wallet, the gunman opened fire, hitting the victim in the chest, abdomen and buttocks, police said. Mr. Russell was listed in serious condition last night at Shock Trauma.

The gunman was still being sought.

Police yesterday identified the victim in Thursday's slaying at the Mount Pleasant Golf Course as Vendelon Lee Hickman, 21, of the 2800 block of W. Cold Spring Lane. Mr. Hickman was found early in the morning lying on a golf cart path near the 15th green. He had been shot twice in the back of the head with a large-caliber handgun, police said.

The victim in the other fatal shooting Thursday, in the 2600 block of Greenmount Ave., was identified as Hilton Marcucci, 24, of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive.

Mr. Marcucci was sitting on the front steps of a home on the southwest corner of Greenmount Avenue and 27th Street when a man shot him three times with a revolver, police said.

He was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police were unable to determine why the victim was slain.

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