One killed, three hurt in shooting at convenience store At least one man opens fire in carryout in West Baltimore

April 12, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

One man was killed and three others seriously wounded last night after at least one gunman opened fire in a West Baltimore carryout store.

Three of the four victims were shot in LG's Convenience Store in the 1700 block of W. North Ave. about 9: 15 p.m.

One man with a gun, and possibly more, walked into the store and began firing, said Sgt. Jim Kelly of the Western District.

The fourth victim was apparently chased through an alley before being shot at the corner of Mountmor Court and Westwood Avenue behind the carryout, he said.

Kelly declined to speculate on a motive for the shootings.

All four victims were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Kelly said. One of the men, who had been shot in the head, died shortly after arriving.

The identities of the victims were not released pending notification of their relatives.

The incident shattered a tranquil evening for neighborhood residents. One resident said he was in his house when he heard the commotion.

"I just heard some gunshots," said Roy Sanford Jr., 23, who lives across the street from the convenience store. "I saw people in the store hollering and screaming."

Carolyn Brown, a choir director at Spirit and Truth New Testament Church, which also is across the street from the store, said she feared for the lives of 15 children who were in the church studying the Bible.

"We all ducked down underneath the pews when we heard the shots," said Brown, who shook her head. "This is senseless."

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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