Pleading woman shot, killed in Dundalk alley

Argument led to chase, gunshots, witnesses say

November 18, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A woman died yesterday after being shot multiple times in a Dundalk alley, according to Baltimore County police.

Officials said they have identified the woman, but had not notified her next of kin last night.

Police received a call at 1: 15 a.m. yesterday in the 2500 block of Yorkway from residents saying they heard gunshots. When they arrived, officers found a woman face down behind a row of apartments, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

The woman was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1: 48 a.m., Warehime said.

A resident, who said she witnessed the incident said she heard people arguing, and then saw two men chase a woman into the alley.

"She was running away from them," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. "She was screaming, `Don't do it, don't do it. I have a daughter.' "

Neighbors then said they heard three to nine shots, a pause and three more shots.

"The first time they were rapid shots, then there was a pause and then a few slower shots," said Donald McCardell, 46, a neighbor.

The men began walking away, but one returned and stomped on the woman, according to the first witness, who saw the incident from a window.

"They went to the corner, and one said, `She is still breathing,' and started kicking her," the witness said. "When I looked I saw her on her knees."

"We do not believe this was a random shooting," Warehime said.

The incident was the county's 22nd homicide this year, the same number as this time last year, Warehime said.

Residents said they were surprised by the incident, but that they had heard gunshots three weeks ago and see drug activity frequently.

"There is always something going on," said Kelly Williford, 19, who moved to the street a month ago. "I always heard that this was a bad part of Yorkway, but I just did not expect to hear gunshots."

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