4 dead and 4 injured in Baltimore shootings BALTIMORE CITY

June 25, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Four people died and four others were injured in a spate of shootings in Baltimore yesterday and Wednesday night, including one in which three youths fired more than 15 shots, killing a New York man and shooting out windows of nearby cars and a house.

The latest surge of violence brings Baltimore's 1993 homicide toll to 164 -- 15 more than at this time last year, the city's worst year ever for murders, police said.

The shooting involving the three teen-agers occurred about 2:15 a.m. yesterday in the 1300 block of N. Montford St. in East Baltimore, police said.

The teen-agers had been talking with two men, Jeffrey Jones, 26, of White Plains, N.Y., and Eddie Johnson, 32, of the 6800 block of McClean Blvd., and broke off the conversation. The youths turned and walked up the street then they suddenly spun around and began firing, police said.

The victims dived for cover in Mr. Johnson's parked van, but both were hit by gunshots, police said.

Mr. Jones was struck in the back and Mr. Johnson was hit in the left thigh.

They were driven in the van to Good Samaritan Hospital, where Mr. Jones died at 4:10 a.m., police said. Mr. Johnson was treated and released.

Bullets also struck two parked cars, knocking out windows. Another bullet hit the door of a house and another went through the living room window of the home.

No one in the house was injured, police said.

Police said the motive for the shooting was unclear. The three youths were still being sought last night; each appeared to be 16 or 17 years old, police said.

Another fatal shooting occurred shortly before 12:35 a.m. at a parking lot in the 4900 block of Todd Ave. in Northeast Baltimore. The victim, a 33-year-old city man whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, was shot once in the head and twice in the back, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were apparently no witnesses, police said.

Police also reported that Sydney Donnell Frazier, 23, of the 900 block of Edmondson Ave., died at 1:10 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of gunshot wounds received about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday when he and another man were shot outside the George B. Murphy Homes public housing project.

Mr. Frazier and a friend, Darrell Bernard Johnson, 24, had been sitting on the front porch of Mr. Johnson's home in the 600 block of N. Fremont Ave., when a man approached and pointed a gun, police said.

The victims tried to run down the street but Mr. Frazier was shot in the head and right arm and Mr. Johnson in the upper back, police said. Mr. Johnson was listed in good condition at Shock Trauma last night.

The killer was being sought and his motive wasn't known, police said.

In a fatal shooting that occurred about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Wilbert Jones, 23, of the 1700 block of E. Eager St. was on a porch in the 1800 block of Ashland Ave. when a man shot him several times, police said.

L Mr. Jones died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Witnesses reported they had seen two men leaving the scene of the shooting, one of whom appeared to be limping, police said.

A man with a gunshot wound in the right thigh went to Hopkins Hospital later in the night seeking treatment and was arrested as suspect in the shooting of Mr. Jones, police said.

The suspect, identified as William James Taylor, 23, of the 1100 block of Orleans St., is believed to have accidentally shot himself, police said.

Another shooting about 6 p.m. Wednesday left a man critically injured. Steven B. Hafen, 24, of Catonsville, was shot in the back after two men tried to rob him near a bank of pay telephones at the Crown service station in the 2800 block of W. Franklin St., police said.

Mr. Hafen was listed in critical but stable condition last night at Shock Trauma.

Later Wednesday night, police arrested Daniel Nathan Giles, 21, of the 600 block of Edgewood St., and charged him with assault with intent to murder and attempted robbery.

Police also arrested Christine M. Sueck, 22, of the 6900 block of Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, who they said had been in the getaway car.

She was also charged with assault with intent to murder and attempted robbery, police said.

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