One man is shot as armed robbers abduct 4 in van

July 16, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Four people were robbed at a Northwest Baltimore street corner late Sunday and then forced to ride in a van before a gunman shot one of the victims four times and dumped him onto a street, city police said yesterday.

Investigators were trying to piece together a confusing series of events yesterday as the wounded victim, Kendolon Smith, 30, of Northeast Baltimore recovered at Sinai Hospital from three gunshot wounds to the abdomen and one to the left thigh. He was in serious condition yesterday.

Two other victims suffered injuries. Kera Holley, 19, of Randallstown suffered a broken left arm. Russell Jones, 28, who lives with Smith, suffered a minor cut on the head.

The fourth victim, Kai Smith, 18, of Northwest Baltimore was not hurt.

Police said the four were accosted about 11: 50 p.m. by several armed men in the 3600 block of Springdale Ave.

The gunmen forced the group into Smith's 1996 Plymouth Voyager and forced one of the victims to drive.

A fight apparently broke out inside the van, prompting the shooting, police said. The van slowed down in the 4800 block of Garrison Blvd. and the wounded Smith was thrown onto the road, police said.

Northwestern District Officer Kerry Snead was on routine patrol when he heard gunshots and saw Smith tumble from the vehicle. The van sped off as he attended to the wounded man. Police said the van returned moments later, but without the suspects, who were last seen driving away in a black car south on Wabash Avenue.

Police had made no arrests as of yesterday.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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