Four killed in separate shootings Thursday, yesterday in Baltimore

October 11, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan contributed to this article.

Three people were fatally wounded in unrelated shootings that occurred within three hours Thursday night, and a fourth man was shot fatally last night in Baltimore, police said yesterday.

Homicide detectives made an arrest in one of the cases.

The shootings brought to 239 the number of people slain in Baltimore this year, down about 11 percent from the 266 people killed for the same period last year. Two of the shootings Thursday were within seven minutes of each other.

In the first slaying, police said the victim, Dana Donnell Clark, 29, of the 5600 block of Lothian Road in Northeast Baltimore, was visiting a friend who lived on the 2200 block of W. Fayette St. when he argued with a man who lives on that street.

Clark got into his car, apparently to leave, but was shot at 9: 15 p.m. through the sun roof. Police said he was hit several times in the head, chest and neck and was pronounced dead at 9: 54 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said the suspect walked into his house in the same block and soon was arrested. Charles Caleb Avery, 18, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

The next shooting occurred about 11: 50 p.m. in the 2200 block of E. Jefferson St. Police said 16-year-old Jawan Derrod Miller, of the 3000 block of Mayfield Ave., was shot in the back and collapsed in a nearby alley.

Police said Miller was pronounced dead at 12: 30 a.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Detectives said they knew of no motive or suspects in the case.

Seven minutes after Miller was shot, police responded to a report of another shooting in the 2400 block of Dukeland St. in Northwest Baltimore. Police said they found a 25-year-old man lying at Dukeland Street and Gwynns Falls Parkway with a gunshot wound to his head.

Witnesses told police that the victim, Anthony Lamont Holland, of the 4300 block of Adelle Terrace, was held up for his 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is worth more than $25,000. Police said they recovered the car about 4 a.m. yesterday in the Park Circle area of the city.

Holland was pronounced dead at 6: 30 a.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police had made no arrests.

In last night's slaying, a 39-year-old man was shot while in the 1900 block of Braddish Ave. near Coppin State College in West Baltimore, city police said.

The victim was walking or running along the street just before 10 p.m. when a car stopped near him, police said. Someone got out of the car and shot him once in the back before fleeing in the car, police said.

The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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