Mount Vernon man found dead of gunshot wound in apartment

Two people fatally shot in area during weekend

May 01, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old man was found shot to death yesterday in his apartment in the Mount Vernon area, the second killing in the neighborhood over the weekend.

After being alerted that a man had suffered a gunshot wound in an apartment in the 1000 block of Calvert St., police entered a unit there about 2: 30 a.m. and found the victim dead of a gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Edwin Schillo, a Central District shift commander.

He said the victim, whose name was being withheld until relatives were notified, initially was found by a man who shared the apartment. Police said the victim was shot between midnight and 2 a.m. yesterday. It was the 103rd homicide in Baltimore this year, according to department records.

Schillo said it was unlikely the shooting was the result of a botched break-in.

"Usually when something like this happens inside an apartment, the victim knows the person responsible," he explained. "Quite often, it's domestic."

Yesterday, area residents casually walked by the brick, three-story apartment building where the killing occurred, oblivious to the violence that had taken place.

"I don't think anybody even heard anything at all," said Victor Castillo, who lives in a ground-floor apartment in the victim's building. "I don't even think anybody knows who it was who died."

On Friday, another killing occurred in Mount Vernon, a diverse neighborhood that includes small businesses, restaurants and nightclubs.

Sharon Quarles, 36, was fatally shot in what Schillo said was a domestic dispute. Her husband, Michael Quarles, surrendered Saturday and was charged with first-degree murder, police said. He was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing.

Schillo said Mount Vernon averages about two or three homicides a year. He added that because both killings occurred inside residences, police could do little to stop them, even with the new emphasis by City Hall and the Police Department on decreasing Baltimore's homicide rate.

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