4 gunmen sought in execution of handcuffed man

January 09, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

City police were searching yesterday for four gunmen who executed a 30-year-old man Friday night as he lay bound and handcuffed in his Northeast Baltimore apartment. Police said the four suspects are connected to a drug gang.

In an unrelated homicide, a 48-year-old man was shot last night inside a West Baltimore home.

The assailants in the Friday slaying, who police said were searching for money and drugs, tried to shoot two other occupants of the apartment who also were handcuffed, but a gun apparently jammed.

A fourth occupant leaped through a third-floor window to the ground and survived.

"We believe a majority of these suspects are from Washington," said Detective Gary Dunnigan, of the homicide unit, who described the drug activity in the apartment in the 1400 block of Limit Ave. as relatively minor.

Detectives obtained a warrant late yesterday for one of the suspects, Richard Christopher Byrd, 20, of the 1900 block of Rochell Ave., in District Heights, Prince George's County. He is charged in the arrest warrant with first-degree murder.

Police said four members of a drug gang, including a relative of one of the occupants, went to the third-floor apartment about 9:50 p.m. Friday and started talking to the four people there.

After a few minutes, Detective Dunnigan said, the men pulled out large-caliber handguns, handcuffed the four occupants and repeatedly demanded to know where money and marijuana were kept.

Police said one of the armed men took one of the occupants into a bedroom and forced him to give up some of the money and drugs. But the bandits wanted more and forced another man into a different bedroom.

That man bolted from his captors and leaped feet first out of the window, landing behind the apartment. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

Fearing police would soon come, one of the suspects took out his gun and shot Carl Earl Knight, 30, once in the head as he lay face up and handcuffed on the living room floor, Detective Dunnigan said. Mr. Knight was a resident of the apartment,

The survivors told police that the suspects had tried to shoot all of them, but that the guns apparently jammed.

Police refused to identify the three who survived, fearing for their safety. They would only say that two are from Baltimore and the third is from Houston, Texas.

An unrelated shooting in West Baltimore last night claimed the life of Randolph McNeill, 48, of the first block of N. Catherine St. Police said he was shot in the chest inside a home in the 2400 block of W. Baltimore St. about 6:30 p.m.

Police said they had suspects, but that as of last night, had not charged anyone.

Few details were available, but police said Mr. McNeill was found dead in the kitchen.

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