Gunman kills one, wounds another in altercation outside barbershop

April 09, 2000|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF

An argument outside a barbershop led to Baltimore's 76th homicide of the year yesterday morning.

Police said Howard Robinson, 35, of the 500 block of McMechen St., was inside the shop at Lafayette and Division streets about 11 a.m. when an unidentified man entered and began arguing with him.

The fight moved to the sidewalk, barber Antoine Dow came out to intervene, and the suspect shot Dow in the leg, police said.

The gunman then fired at Robinson, who was shot in the back. Dow, of the 1200 block of N. Decker Ave., and Robinson were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Robinson later died.

Police investigated two additional shootings yesterday, among a string of attacks within hours of each other.

A double shooting at a Korean grocery store in the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave. left a 24-year-old man in critical condition Friday night.

Howard Gibson, 24, of the 1500 block of Leslie St., was making a purchase at about 10: 45 p.m. when an armed man entered the store and opened fire.

Gibson ran from the store with the gunman pursuing, and still firing.

A bystander, 18-year-old Eric Lilly of the 1300 block of N. Stockton St., was shot in the face. He was treated at Bon Secours Hospital. Gibson remains at Shock Trauma. Police said they have no suspects.

Three other people were wounded as they sat on steps in the 700 block of N. Streeper St. just after midnight yesterday.

Police said an unknown gunman fired on the trio from an adjacent alley.

Otis McCray, 29, of the 1500 block of Collington Ave., received wounds to the chest and neck. A bullet that passed through the arm of Antonio James, 20, of the 2800 block of Monument St., lodged in his chest. Letticia McCray, of the 700 block of N. Streeper, was wounded in a finger.

Four people died in shootings in the city on Friday.

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