Police seek motives, suspects in shootings that left 2 dead

Three others injured in W. Baltimore violence

November 04, 2001|By Sarah Koenig | Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF

City police said yesterday they didn't know if three separate shooting incidents that left two people dead and three injured were related. They said they had no suspects in the shootings.

On Friday evening, two men were killed within blocks of each other in the city's Western Police District.

At 6:30 p.m., officers arrived at North Pulaski Street and Clifton Avenue and found Randy Manns, 29, of the 100 block of North Bend Road shot to death.

A few minutes later, William Harrison, 24, of the 3900 block of Penhurst Ave. was gunned down at Rainbow Carryout in the 2400 block of Reisterstown Road.

Two people, Richard Washington, 32, of the 1600 block of Ashburton St. and Dawnick Taylor, 18, of the 1600 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway, were injured in the shooting. They were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for gunshot wounds and released

At 7:30 a.m. yesterday, police were called to the home of Tiffany Mack, 19, of the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave., about a mile away from the Friday shootings. There they found Mack, who had been shot several times.

Mack was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night, said Sgt. Kevin Daniels, a Baltimore police spokesman. He said detectives had not been able to question her.

Detectives were sorting out differing accounts of what happened in Friday's shootings, Daniels said. They know of no motives for the killings, and don't know whether they are related, he said.

Court records show that Manns was out on bail, awaiting trial next month on charges of attempted second-degree murder, handgun crimes and obstructing justice.

In a case that became emblematic of the woes of the city's backlogged courts, Harrison was one of four defendants accused of first-degree murder in 1995 who had his charges thrown out by a judge in 1999 because of excessive trial delays. The ruling led to emergency reforms.

After a witness changed her story, Harrison was tried for the killing last year and was acquitted.

Court records show he pleaded guilty to drug crimes and conspiracy last week. His sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 14.

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