1 killed, 3 hurt in robbery attempt Gunfire erupts near Lexington Market

September 13, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A young man was killed and three others were wounded early yesterday during what police described as an attempted robbery that ended in gunfire on a street near Lexington Market.

Police were trying last night to piece together an account of the shooting and as of yesterday had not been able to find the relatives of the dead 19-year-old.

The shooting occurred about one hour after a Dru Hill concert ended at the nearby Baltimore Arena, but police said they did not know whether the victims or the gunman had attended the show.

Investigators do not think the shooting is related to the large groups of young men and women who routinely pack Eutaw Street near the market, gatherings that have prompted the City Council to pass an anti-cruising law in an effort to curb the numerous outbreaks of violence.

Based on interviews with witnesses and victims, police said the motive appeared to be attempted robbery.

Police said the streets near the arena were crowded after the Dru Hill concert, which started at 8 p.m. and ended about 1 a.m.

Investigators had few details of the 1: 50 a.m. shooting in the 200 block of N. Eutaw St., near West Saratoga Street.

Police said the victims were standing on the street when a gunman approached, apparently tried to rob them and then opened fire. One of those wounded is 21, another is 18, and police did not know the age of the third.

The only person involved who had been identified yesterday was 21-year-old Rudolph Lyons Jr. of West Baltimore. He was treated yesterday at an undisclosed hospital.

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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