Police probe fatal shooting

September 13, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police detectives were continuing to investigate the shooting death Tuesday afternoon of a 20-year-old man who had been released from jail two days earlier on $1,500 bail in an assault case.

Police said Charles K. Bowers of the 1400 block of Wilmer Court was shot several times about 4:25 p.m. in the 1500 block of Argyle Ave. An officer in the area heard gunshots, and as he responded to the scene he spotted two men running away, police said.

The officer chased the men, but could not catch them, police said.

Bowers was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Homicide Detective Irvin Bradley said yesterday that investigators had no suspect, but were questioning people in the neighborhood hoping to gather clues.

"A lot of people were out there and we're hopeful somebody will come forward," Bradley said. "We're still pounding the pavement, going door-to-door looking for potential witnesses."

Bowers had been arrested several times on assault charges and once on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, court records show. Most of those charges were dropped by prosecutors. In 1998, Bowers was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court to two years in prison and three years of probation for second-degree assault.

Bowers was charged in a July warrant with first-degree assault. He was arrested Saturday and released the next day on bail from the Central Booking and Intake Facility, officials said.

Anyone with information on the killing is asked to call Bradley at 401-396-2100.

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