Shootings leave man dead, 3 hurt in E. Baltimore

March 08, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

One man was fatally shot and two other men and a woman were wounded in East Baltimore last night, bringing to six the number of people killed in the city since Wednesday.

The late afternoon gunfire on North Chapel Street near East Lanvale Street came on the third day of violence that included two fatal shootings Thursday in East Baltimore.

Police investigators were still trying to determine how Friday's shooting occurred. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots.

The victims, found in the street by police, appeared to be in their 20s, Maj. Wendell M. France, Eastern District commander, said.

One man, who had been shot several times, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man was in critical condition at

Johns Hopkins Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest.

The other two victims were taken to the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the woman injured in the leg and the man in the arm. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, France said.

He was called to the shooting about 6: 45 p.m., minutes after police received a report of shots fired.

"This is senseless," France said.

"We need cooler heads to prevail. "We patrol this area day and night. Tonight, we had four officers in the area working overtime. Deployment is not the problem. I don't have officers on every corner, and I won't.

"People are going to have to understand that we are all in this together," France said. "These senseless acts have to stop."

France said officers had arrested at least 10 people by 4 p.m. yesterday for loitering and drug activity in the Broadway East neighborhood, where the fatal shooting occurred.

Police said they knew of no suspects or motive in the shootings.

"This is known as an area that has a lot of drug activity," France said. "But there were no drugs found on any of the victims. It may be that this had nothing to do with drugs. It could have been a dispute about something else entirely."

The violence started in West Baltimore about 2: 40 a.m. Wednesday, when a man was fatally stabbed in the 600 block of Scott St.

JTC About 6: 30 p.m., a man was killed in the attempted robbery of a pharmacy in the Upton area of West Baltimore, shot to death by the owner. Another man was killed in an unrelated shooting about 8 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Stricker St. in West Baltimore.

In East Baltimore, a 17-year-old man was shot about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of E. Madison St. and died later.

About 3 p.m., Thursday, the body of a 23-year-old man was found in the 1300 block of N. Washington St. with several gunshot wounds.

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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