Man slain in daylight shooting on downtown Baltimore street Catonsville resident, 51, was struck by six shots

June 25, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

A Baltimore County man who apparently had just gotten out of his white Lexus was shot repeatedly in the head yesterday afternoon during a brazen daylight attack near a deli a block from a state office complex west of Baltimore's downtown.

Witnesses told police they heard three gunshots followed by a brief pause and three more shots.

Police said William E. Gilbert, 51, of the first block of Old Granary Court in the Foxhall Farm development in Catonsville was shot six times, including several times in the head.

Police said the victim owned and operated Gilbert Connections, a food brokerage firm in the first block of W. West St. in South Baltimore.

Detective Kenneth J. Welsh of the homicide squad was unable to say what Gilbert was doing in the 300 block of Dolphin St. about 3 p.m. when he was fatally shot.

Welsh said that about two hours after Gilbert was shot, his family called police to report him missing.

"Mr. Gilbert was to have joined his family for dinner last night, and when he failed to show up, they feared for his safety for some reason and called the police," Welsh said.

Details were sketchy yesterday as homicide detectives remained on the scene until early evening collecting evidence and searching the car, with vanity license plates that read "GOFORIT."

Detectives said they recovered a handgun a block from the slaying, near an apartment building for the elderly called Bolton House, but had not determined whether it was used in the slaying.

Police said they also found what appeared to be the victim's appointment book at the scene but would not divulge additional details. Detectives said they did not know if anything had been stolen.

"We have no idea what might have caused the shooting," said Central District Lt. Wesley M. Ormrod Jr. "We have some witnesses, but I can't speculate as to what they saw."

The man's body was face down in an alley between the apartment building and a parking lot used by City Temple of Baltimore Baptist church.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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