2 city men fatally shot on Paca Street Another man in car hurt

motive unclear, police say

March 30, 1997|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore men were shot fatally in the back early yesterday while they were sitting in the back seat of a car on Paca Street in what a homicide detective described as a "random act of violence."

The victims were Antonio Carberry, 20, of the 3900 block of Maine Ave. in Northwest Baltimore and Jerod Wade, 18, of the 4700 block of Duncrest Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

Both were shot by an unknown assailant who stood behind their car and opened fire at 2: 27 a.m. in the 200 block of Paca St., an area known for late-night cruising by young people. Carberry and Wade both died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were taken shortly after the shootings, police said.

Another person, who was sitting in the front seat of the car, Rafiq Howard, 20, of the 2700 block of N. Appleton St., was shot in the shoulder and taken to the trauma center, where he was listed in fair condition yesterday. The 17-year-old driver of the car, Michael Joiner, was unhurt.

Detectives were struck at the seeming lack of motive or connection between the victims and the assailant, who was riding in a white sport utility vehicle that had pulled behind the Joiner's car, which had stopped in the northbound lanes of Paca Street near Lexington Market.

The shooting started shortly after Joiner, Howard, Carberry and Wade stopped their car to talk to an unidentified young woman standing on a street corner, police said. When the white vehicle pulled up, a male holding a handgun walked up to the woman, whom he appeared to know. Then he fired through the rear window of Joiner's car before escaping with others in the white vehicle.

Drugs were "not apparently involved," said police spokeswoman Ragina L. Cooper.

Detectives were searching yesterday for the woman and for the occupants of the white vehicle.

Wade was described by his mother, Marcia McNeil, as a happy-go-lucky, religious man who had interests ranging from learning to be a chef to finding work as a deejay. He had just lined up his first paid deejay job at a school graduation this spring, she said.

Wade's nickname was "DJ Green" after his favorite color. "Everything from his comforter to his Bible was green," McNeil said. Her son recently finished a Job Corps training program.

Neighbor Ken Callahan, who knew Wade, said: "When a kid fell down, he'd be the one to help him up. He's the kind of person we can't do without."

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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