Acting chief visits two slaying scenes

January 26, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Two men were slain in separate shootings in East Baltimore last night, and both crime scenes were visited by acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, who was being given a tour of the city's violent streets.

The first slaying occurred about 6:50 p.m. at an apartment building in the 900 block of N. Caroline St., where an unidentified man was found shot to death in the lobby, police said.

Investigators said they knew of no motive for the slaying and had no witnesses.

Mr. Frazier visited the crime scene to watch officers and detectives in action.

"He was riding with the Violent Crimes Task Force, spending the evening getting to know some of the troops," said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman. "He wanted to see first hand what's happening on city streets."

After spending a few minutes at the North Caroline Street location, Mr. Frazier returned to the tour with Col. Leon Tomlin, head of the Violent Crimes Task Force. At 8:05 p.m. they went to the scene of a slaying in the 800 block of N. Collington Ave.

In that incident, a 24-year-old man was pronounced dead on the sidewalk of gunshot wounds to the chest, arm and leg, police said. The gunman fled and was being sought late last night.

Mr. Frazier, formerly the police chief in San Jose, Calif., spent about four hours last night on the tour, Mr. Ringgold said. He did a similar tour Saturday night with a member of his command staff.

"My sense is that you're going to see him out there a lot. It's his style. He's interested in finding out where the hot spots are," Mr. Ringgold said.

Mr. Frazier has been nominated for police commissioner by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who on Friday appointed him acting commissioner until he is confirmed by the City Council. A confirmation hearing is set for Feb. 2.

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