Two men found fatally shot in townhouse

Neighbor finds bullet close to where child was sleeping

February 08, 1999|By Richard Irwin and Amy Oakes | Richard Irwin and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

The bodies of two gunshot victims were found early yesterday in a townhouse in Baltimore Highlands, Baltimore County police said.

The bodies were found at 3: 07 a.m. in the first block of Twin Circle North in Highland Village Apartments after a neighbor called police, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Police identified one of the victims as Johnmark Okay Nwolise, 40, but they were not certain if he lived in the townhouse. The other man's name was not available.

Merab Rice, 56, also of the first block of Twin Circle North, said she was asleep in her two-story townhouse when she was awakened about 1 a.m. by a commotion next door. "It sounded like someone fighting," Rice said.

Rice said minutes later she heard what sounded like a firecracker and went upstairs with her granddaughter, Martina, 4, who had been sleeping with her on a couch in the living room.

When Rice went downstairs, she said, she saw what appeared to be a bullet hole in the wall near where she and the child had been sleeping.

Rice said she told her son, Donald Rice Jr., 30, about the noise when he came home about 3 a.m.

Donald Rice said that before he went next door to ask about the commotion, he found a spent bullet on the floor near the couch.

When no one next door answered his knock, he called police.

Wilkens Precinct police, who broke a rear window to enter the townhouse, found the victims in a room.

Neighbors said one man had lived in the townhouse for about a year and another had moved in about a week ago.

Pub Date: 2/08/99

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