Fire at residence may have been set to avenge fatal shooting, police say

June 24, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A street-corner slaying in West Baltimore yesterday may have led to a fire being set at the home of the suspect in the shooting, police said.

Waymond Richards, 19, died yesterday after he was shot about 7: 30 a.m. in the 500 block of Presstman Street, police said.

Police said it appeared that Richards, whose address is not known, was shot several times after an argument with another man.

Richards was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Detective Christopher Bieling, a homicide investigator.

The shooting occurred in a passageway between three-story rowhouses, Bieling said.

Several hours later, firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the suspect's residence.

No one was in the house, and no injuries resulted.

Police suspect the fire was started by someone seeking revenge for Richards' slaying, Bieling said.

"It appears that someone who objected to the shooting set the fire," he said. "It is still under investigation."

Police are seeking Tony Dee Wardlow 18, of the 500 block of Presstman St., who was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and handgun violations, Bieling said.

Pub Date: 6/24/96

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