Four motorists are shot, leaving two men dead, in 24-hour period in city

Police have few leads in unrelated incidents

July 02, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

One man was killed and another critically wounded in separate shootings of motorists in Baltimore Friday night - bringing to four the number of drivers shot in the city within a 24-hour period beginning early Friday morning.

Two of the four were shot Friday evening, hours after another man was killed while traveling in West Baltimore and a Pikesville man was wounded by gunfire while exiting the North Avenue ramp of the Jones Falls Expressway.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said it is "odd" to have four motorists shot in 24 hours, but cautioned these incidents probably were unrelated.

"I don't think there is someone going around shooting people in vehicles," Rowe said, noting most of the victims probably knew their assailants. "These are isolated incidents that that do not appear to be related in any way."

In the most recent of the four incidents, police said an unidentified man was driving in the 2300 block of Braddish Ave. in Northwest Baltimore about 8:15 p.m. when a gunman fired several shots through the window of his Honda Accord. The Honda then careened out of control and struck a van traveling in front of it.

The victim, whose name was being withheld until relatives were notified, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was not injured.

Two hours earlier, a 26-year-old man was traveling in the 900 block of Poplar Grove St. in West Baltimore when a gunman walked up to his sport utility vehicle and shot him in the neck.

The victim, whose name was being withheld until relatives were notified, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in critical condition last night.

Earlier Friday, Sean Powell, 33, of the 3400 block of Dorchester Road in Ashburton was shot in the head and killed while driving in the 1800 block of Kavanaugh St. near Fulton Ave. in West Baltimore.

In the first of the four incidents, Carl P. Jacobs, 53, was shot twice Friday morning while traveling from his Pikesville home to his job at Checks Plus in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Jacobs, who was shot in his 1999 Toyota Solara at a stoplight at the North Avenue exit of the southbound JFX, was in fair condition last night at Shock Trauma.

City police are also investigating another homicide about 1:50 a.m. yesterday in the 4500 block of Clifton Road in Northwest Baltimore. Police said an unidentified man in his late 20s was shot several times while walking on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rowe said police have no motives or suspects in any of the shootings.

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