Woman, 2 men found dead in basement of Pimlico home

November 15, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police are investigating the slayings of three people whose bodies were found in the basement of a home in the 2800 block of Oakley Ave. in the Pimlico neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore Friday night.

The victims, two men and a woman between the ages of 25 and 40, were shot in their upper bodies and heads, according to Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman. Police would not release the victims' names last night because some family members needed to be notified, Rowe said. Family members and friends who gathered at the white two-story house refused to talk to a reporter yesterday.

A relative of at least one of the victims found the bodies and called 911 about 10: 30 p.m., according to Rowe.

Rosa M. Oliver, 63, owns the Oakley Avenue home, according to state property records.

Neighbors said at least three people, a woman and her two sons, lived in the home.

Residents of the tree-lined block, where aging single-family homes stand next to a row of brick townhouses, said they were surprised to learn of the shootings.

Robert Hampton, 53, a neighbor, said he saw police cars when he came outside to rake leaves at 7 a.m. yesterday.

"Everybody here was kind of surprised that it happened in this neighborhood," said Hampton. "I didn't hear any gunshots."

The area is generally safe, he said, compared to blocks closer to Park Heights Avenue, where drug-trafficking is prevalent.

A man was found fatally shot in the 3000 block of Oakley Ave. in September.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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