Baltimore man is fatally shot on Eutaw Place


A Baltimore man was shot and killed yesterday morning as he was adding oil to the engine of his truck in front of the apartment house where he lived.

Oil-soaked paper towels and a pack of cigarettes, which belonged to the victim, Lewis Lackey, littered the sidewalk at 1410 Eutaw Place.

Lackey, 47, a store manager at Mattress Discounters in White Oak, was getting ready to head to work, said Harold Webb, 39, a neighbor who knew Lackey and heard three gunshots at about 8: 05 a.m. followed by a "quick yell."

Police arrived shortly thereafter. An ambulance took Lackey, who was shot in the chest, to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died, said Baltimore Police Detective Dennis M. Raftery Jr. "We are considering this a homicide," he said. "We don't know the motive yet."

"This is just horrible, just horrible," said Steven Dougherty, 44, Lackey's landlord, who was sleeping when he heard shots. "He has been a friend of mine since I moved to Baltimore about 20 years ago."

Lackey had difficulty hearing, Webb said.

He speculated that whoever shot Lackey may have surprised him. "If they asked him for money, I know he would have coughed it up," Webb said.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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