Man found dead in parking lot

August 19, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

For the second time in a 24-hour period, a man has been found dead in a commercial parking lot in Baltimore County. But county police had not discovered yesterday any link between the two men, both of whom appeared to have been shot to death.

A patron leaving Champion Billiards Cafe & Brewery in Perring Plaza on Joppa Road found a man lying between two cars in the parking lot near Home Depot, said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime. The patron, who was not identified by police, called 911 to report a possible heart attack victim.

Instead, Warehime said, police found a man who had been shot in the head. Officers did not find a gun at the scene, she said.

Police identified the man as Donnell Williams, 28, of the 9000 block of Holgate Drive in Essex.

Asked if Williams could be linked to Vernon Cornell Ferguson, the Belair-Edison man found fatally shot Tuesday morning in his car in front of an auto-repair shop near Pikesville, Warehime said, "There is nothing to suggest that. Right now, we just do not have that information."

No reports of gunfire, fighting or disturbances at Perring Plaza were received before the Champion patron's 911 call at 11: 45 p.m. Tuesday, Warehime said.

"We don't know the exact time of the homicide. We just know it happened before 11: 45," she said.

Williams is the county's 10th homicide victim this year, she said.

Pub Date: 8/19/99

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