Man, 47, killed while walking in Govans

September 14, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A 47-year-old Bethlehem Steel worker died last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was shot while walking with a woman down a Govans street, police said.

The woman was wounded by bullet fragments and was released after treatment.

Homicide detective Robert McAllister said Cornell Lyles, of the 1600 block of Wadsworth Lane, and Angela Ramseur, 27, of the 3900 block of Frisby St., were walking together in the 700 block of McCabe Ave. around 9:40 p.m. when a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun stepped out of a passageway between two houses and pointed the weapon in their direction.

Before the gunman fired, the detective said, Mr. Lyles shoved the woman to the ground, probably saving her life.

At a distance of about 30 feet, the gunman opened fire, striking Mr. Lyles in the right leg and left arm. The bullet that struck his arm also pierced a major artery.

The woman, Detective McAllister said, was hit in both legs, the face and a hand by bullet fragments, the result of the bullets striking the pavement or rocks as she lay on the sidewalk near a slight mound of earth.

The unidentified gunman escaped.

Mr. Lyles was taken by ambulance to Hopkins Hospital, where he died shortly after 11 p.m., reportedly from loss of blood from the artery wound.

Ms. Ramseur was treated at Union Memorial Hospital and released.

Detective McAllister said his investigation revealed that the gunman may have been firing at someone else and may not have intended to shoot Mr. Lyles or Ms. Ramseur.

"That is part of the investigation," he said.

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