A 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday night by two gunmen who opened fire as he sat on a bicycle two blocks from the state office complex on West Preston Street.
The shooting occurred about 10:20 p.m. Housing Authority police investigating a large crowd in the 500 block of W. Preston St. found the victim. Witnesses told police the shooting had occurred moments before they arrived.
Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said the youth had been sitting on a black mountain bike when several people started shooting at him. He was pursued to the back of the building, where he was hit in the chest.
The youth, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cook-Hayes said that later, Solothal Thomas, 24, of West Baltimore walked into the Maryland Shock Trauma Center suffering from a graze wound to the chest, apparently from the same incident. He was treated and released.
In an unrelated case, the state medical examiner's office ruled yesterday that the death July 20 of Gregory Dion Wright, 47, of the 4300 block of Connecticut Ave. in Southwest Baltimore was a homicide by beating.
Wright's body was found by a resident walking in Gwynns Falls Park near the 800 block of Ellicott Driveway.
No suspect or motive is known in either case.