City police seek motive, suspects in fatal shooting


City police were searching for a motive and suspects yesterday in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night that left a man dead and five people wounded on an East Baltimore street corner.

Purnell Hall, 24, of Capitol Heights was shot several times and died at the scene. The other victims suffered minor wounds and were released yesterday from Johns Hopkins Hospital. They were wounded in the buttocks, ankles and thighs. One was shot in the back.

The attack, which occurred shortly before 10: 40 p.m., left a stark reminder of city violence. Shell casings were found for half a block along the west side of North Broadway, just north of Federal Street. Doors and windows were hit, and the back window of a car was shattered. More than 45 shots were fired into a small crowd at the corner.

"I heard the shots, but I didn't know how many," said one woman, who said she was too scared to give her name. "I thought it was thunder and lightning. Then I heard the police coming. But I didn't look. I don't have time for this foolishness."

A 97-year-old man who moved to the neighborhood in 1947 said he was in his kitchen when the shooting started. "I heard a gun go off, and I looked out and saw a man laying there," he said.

Police said the shots were fired from a dark-colored vehicle that was driven south in the 1600 block of N. Broadway.

Police identified the wounded as: Renee Smith, 19, of Baltimore; Jamier Fawlkes, 24, of Landover; Artie G. Graham of Washington; Jeffrey Johnson, 29, of Baltimore; and Sharon Garrison, 33, of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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