Police say Manchester man, 26, slain in Baltimore sought drugs

November 07, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man fatally shot Wednesday night in East Baltimore was identified yesterday as a 26-year-old Manchester resident, who police said was killed while searching for drugs.

James Lance Brady of the 2500 block of Bachmans Valley Road was pronounced dead in a car in the 1600 block of Carswell St. about 11: 20 p.m. Police said he had been shot once in the right arm. The bullet lodged in his armpit.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said Brady and an unidentified friend were driving around East North Avenue and Harford Road looking to buy drugs. She said they gave a ride to three men "who told them they could show them where they could find what they were looking for."

When they got to the 1600 block of Carswell St., Cooper said, one of the men took out a handgun and demanded money from Brady and his friend. The spokeswoman said Brady refused to hand over money and was shot.

The gunman and his acquaintances ran from the area. No arrests have been made. Brady was pronounced dead at the scene.

The East Baltimore area is well-known by suburbanites as a place to buy drugs. Police have targeted suburban drug users for years. Two weeks ago, they arrested 60 people in four hours trying to buy drugs in the area, some from Harford County and 44 from Dundalk.

City police and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke have long talked about the problem of inner-city drug dealing being fueled by people from outside Baltimore.

Brady was convicted of drug distribution in Carroll County in May 1995 and was given a three-year suspended sentence. He was on probation when he was killed.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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