Children see mother slain by gunman Woman shot in car on Guilford Avenue

March 31, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man firing at least a dozen bullets from a large-caliber handgun fatally shot a woman in her car yesterday afternoon as her two school-age children watched from outside their great-grandmother's house in North Baltimore, police said.

Detective Earl Kratsch of the homicide unit said Chaquetta Edwards, 27, was at the wheel of her 1988 Honda about 2: 30 p.m. and was preparing to drive away from her grandmother's home in the 2000 block of Guilford Ave. when a man approached from a nearby basketball court and began firing a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun at her.

The victim's daughters, Shannice Edwards, 7, and Shannya Edwards, 5, wearing their white Easter dresses, were playing with friends and relatives a few feet away and saw their mother get shot, Kratsch said. They ran into their great-grandmother's house and were not injured, he said.

As bullets hit her and her car, Edwards shifted into reverse and tried to escape, Kratsch said. The vehicle backed up about 30 feet, hit a parked car and came to a stop.

Kratsch said the gunman fired at least a dozen bullets and that Edwards was shot several times in the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gunman, in his early 20s, ran down an alley and was last seen running north toward 21st Street, Kratsch said. He said the path of the spent shell casings indicated the gunman kept moving toward the car until it stopped.

"The woman was the only person in the car and was definitely the gunman's intended target," Kratsch said.

He said Edwards, who lived with her mother, Janice Edwards, 42, in the 2800 block of W. Lanvale St., went to her grandmother's house to get her hair washed yesterday. Standing next to her grandchildren at the scene of the slaying, Janice Edwards said, "I have no idea who killed my daughter or why."

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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