Man slain in Druid Hill Park shooting Crowded scene draws 75 officers

June 28, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot last night as he stood among hundreds of people near a swimming pool at Druid Hill Park, where a party was in progress.

Pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center was Troy Snead, of the 800 block of Mangold St. in south Baltimore.

Homicide detective Barry Grant said the shooting occurred on a hillside overlooking the park's swimming pool, which had been rented for a private party attended by hundreds of young people.

Police said the shooting was unrelated to the party about 100 yards away, but the size of the crowd that gathered near the shooting scene prompted a call for additional officers from four of the city's nine districts.

The detective said Mr. Snead was standing on the hillside with several other people when someone approached and shot him at close range.

Officers responding to the shooting had difficulty reaching the scene because of hundreds of people massed on Wyman Park Drive after the gunfire erupted.

Sgt. Tom Berends, shift commander for the Northern District, said the crowd was not unruly and no arrests were made.

Sergeant Berends said an off-duty police officer working a security detail at the pool heard the shots about 9:30 p.m. and ran up a small hill to the 800 block of Wyman Park Drive, where he found Mr. Snead lying on the ground and bleeding from gunshots wounds.

Detective Grant said several witnesses were interviewed but no arrest had been made.

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