Man shoots two people, uses gun to kill himself Police had surrounded home, posted sharpshooters

September 05, 1997|By Dennis F. O'Brien | Dennis F. O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Two people were seriously wounded by a gunman who turned the weapon on himself last night in a home in the 4900 block of Haddon Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

Dale Clifton Connor, 36, shot two people before killing himself, police said.

When officers entered the house shortly before 10 p.m., they found Connor dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman.

Police said officers responded to a call for shots being fired about 5: 30 p.m. and found Vivian James, 37 and Alfonzo Reavis, 40, who had been shot in the house and crawled outside.

James was shot in the chest, shoulder and throat, and Reavis was shot in the chest, Cooper said.

Cooper said both victims were listed in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police had cordoned off the block and stationed sharpshooters around the residence, but they did not evacuate neighbors.

They said it was unclear when Connor shot himself.

The motive for the shooting was unclear last night, but Cooper said James had some kind of relationship with Connor.

Maj. Errol L. Dutton said information from the victims initially led police to believe that the suspect was alive in the house after the shooting.

"We always make it a point to proceed on the side of caution in these kinds of cases," Dutton said.

The shooting shocked the Howard Park community, where neighbors lined up along the sidewalk to watch heavily armed sharpshooters position themselves around the house.

"People are out looking because nothing ever happens around here," said Lori Graham, a neighbor.

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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