Shots fired at van, killing man, wounding another and boy, 2

February 05, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A gunman opened fire on a minivan carrying three adults and a child as it passed him on a Southwest Baltimore street last night, killing a 24-year-old man and wounding the man's 2-year-old son and another man, police said.

The shots were fired shortly after 10: 30 p.m. as the gray Honda minivan traveled along the 3000 block of Stranden Road, a residential street of brick rowhouses in Lakeland, about a block from West Patapsco Avenue, homicide Detective Robert Bowman said.

It appeared that the gunman, standing in the middle of the block, shot at the driver's side, Bowman said. At least half a dozen shell casings from a semiautomatic weapon lay on the street.

A 24-year-old man in the minivan was shot in the upper torso, Bowman said. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Harbor Hospital Center.

The man's son was shot in the hand and was taken to the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital for surgery, Bowman said. The boy's condition was not available last night.

Another man in the minivan who was shot in the shoulder was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Bowman said. His condition also was unavailable.

A third man in the minivan was not injured, Bowman said. The identities of the shooting victims were not available last night, and it was not known whether the man who was killed was the driver.

After the shooting, the driver lost control of the minivan, which swerved left onto the 2600 block of Norland Road, where the van crashed into a backyard fence, Bowman said.

Witnesses told police they saw the gunman, and possibly a second man, speed from the scene in a maroon car, which was last seen headed north on West Patapsco Avenue.

Bowman said police had not determined a motive for the shooting. All of the victims lived near the scene of the incident.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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