Gunman kills 1, injures another in car near Lexington Market

June 28, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Several hundred people were milling on the streets outside Lexington Market in the pre-dawn darkness yesterday when a gunman opened fire on a parked car, killing the driver and slightly injuring the passenger, Baltimore police reported.

Michael Brown, 22, of the 4100 block of Groveland Ave. was pronounced dead on the scene. His companion, Charles Wheeler, 23, of the 3700 block of Ferndale Ave. suffered an arm wound. He was listed in good condition yesterday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said the victims were sitting in a gray 1984 Lincoln Continental with Florida license plates when they were shot at Lexington and Eutaw streets shortly before 4 a.m.

Police released few details of the slaying yesterday. Officer Tapp-Harper said a gunman carrying a firearm of unknown caliber walked up to the parked car and fired at least four rounds through a window, killing Mr. Brown and injuring Mr. Wheeler, the front seat passenger.

Many people remained at the scene after the shootings, but homicide investigators were unable to find a witness. Maj. Leonard Hamm, commander of the Central District, said the crowd -- mostly teen-agers and young adults -- gathers near the market several times a week. Asked yesterday about the shootings, Joanne Dolgow, a spokeswoman for Lexington Market, said officials -- including market security personnel -- were unaware of them.

Ms. Dolgow had no explanation for the hundreds of people who gathered outside the market, but she suggested that they might have been waiting for buses.

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