Investigations continue in 3 city deaths

March 21, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore police continued yesterday to investigate the shooting deaths of three people on Saturday, all apparently unrelated and occurring in different parts of the city.

The slayings bring the city's yearly homicide toll to 55, compared with 56 at the same time last year, when 308 people were killed -- the 10th straight year that Baltimore homicides passed the 300 mark.

Investigators reported no suspects or motives in any of the cases.

The first shooting occurred about 2: 55 a.m. when Tyrone Brown, 22, was found shot several times inside the door of his house in the 1600 block of Ralworth Road in Northeast Baltimore.

Police said officers responding to a report of gunfire found the door open and the wounded man inside. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 3: 20 a.m. Police said there was no evidence to suggest a robbery.

At noon in East Baltimore, police found Raymond Pitchford, 25, of the 1500 block of Lanhorne Court, lying against a wall in the 1700 block of Crystal Ave., suffering from several wounds to the upper body.

Police said he was pronounced dead at 12: 18 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sgt. Scott Rowe said detectives think the shooting may have been the result of a botched drug deal.

About 10: 30 p.m., police said a 16-year-old was shot and killed inside Big G's & Momma C's carryout in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave.

Police said Devron Legge, of the 1500 block of N. Fulton Ave., was assaulted by several teen-agers and adults outside the store, and that the fight moved into the lobby, where the shooting occurred. He was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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