Girl, 2, shot dead in Northeast Baltimore Father apparently witnessed slaying

July 27, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 2-year-old girl was shot fatally in the head last night in a remote area of a Northeast Baltimore industrial park -- a shooting apparently witnessed by her father, city police said.

Homicide detectives and dozens of police officers were scouring the scene -- a narrow road at the southern end of Moravia Industrial Park -- early today for evidence.

The father, described as in his 30s, was being questioned at police headquarters. Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said the man was not considered a suspect.

The identities of the child and her father were not released.

Police said the shooting apparently occurred minutes before 10 p.m. on Bowleys Lane south of Moravia Park Drive.

Weinhold said that after the shooting, the father ran several hundred yards to a business in Frankford Plaza, where an employee dialed 911.

Officers found the girl's body next to the right rear tire of a light blue Chevrolet Cavalier. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Weinhold said she had been shot once in the head.

Anthony Taylor, 17, said he was drinking beer with four friends at a nearby bowling alley when he heard a succession of shots. "I heard boom, boom, boom," he recalled. "We dropped our beer and ran up the street. At first we chilled because we thought it was firecrackers."

Weinhold said police do not know why the father was in the area, which is behind an industrial building and overlooks Interstate 95. Weinhold said detectives planned to tow the Cavalier to headquarters so it could be searched. He said investigators did not know who owned the car.

At midnight, police were searching tall grass along a fence. Police were expected to remain at the scene for several hours. Weinhold said investigators were trying to locate the girl's mother.

"It's a secluded area," he said. "We don't know what led the father to this location. We plan to do an extensive canvass to try and locate any evidence that might be related to this case."

Pub Date: 7/27/96

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