Carroll man identified as one of two killed in shooting

November 29, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man who was one of two people shot and killed Wednesday in East Baltimore was identified yesterday as Edward Demski, a 40-year-old New Windsor resident.

Police have made no arrests in the slayings of Demski and his companion, Eric Melzer, 27, of the 900 block of Armistead Way. Detectives said they have not determined a motive but listed "dispute" on one report.

Police officials said yesterday that they were investigating a possible connection to drugs. The area of the slayings is an open-air drug market that police have raided numerous times. Police commanders said the shooting highlighted the danger to suburban residents involved in the city drug trade.

A woman who answered the phone yesterday at Demski's house, in the 2900 block of Sams Creek Road, vehemently denied that drugs were involved and indicated that the shooting might have stemmed from a dispute over a 21-year-old woman. She would not elaborate or give her name.

An Armistead Gardens resident, who said she was afraid to give her name but that she knows Melzer, said the victims were trying to sell a handgun and got into an argument with three men who live in Armistead Gardens, two of whom had been released from jail recently on gun and car-theft charges.

The shooting occurred about midnight. Demski's body was found lying across the front seat of a pickup truck at Fowler and Spangler ways. Police said he had been shot in the head and that a handgun was found in the truck.

Melzer's body was found about 100 yards south of the truck on the sidewalk. Police said he had been shot several times in the chest and back.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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