3 men killed in separate city shootings

January 26, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Three men were killed in Baltimore yesterday -- two on the city's east side and one in Northeast Baltimore -- bringing to 16 the number of homicides in the city this year.

Police were investigating all three killings last night and had made no arrests.

One man was shot several times early yesterday in the Pen Lucy neighborhood after he tried to intervene in a fight, police said.

Just before 1 a.m., a man entered a house in the 600 block of Dumbarton Ave. and began arguing with a woman inside, said Sgt. Kevin Daniels, a police department spokesman.

During the argument, the man struck the woman, whom police would not identify. When a second man tried to intervene, the assailant began arguing with him and shot him with a handgun several times before fleeing, Daniels said. The victim was identified as Bell "Belt" Belton, 55.

About 1:25 p.m. yesterday, police responded to a call about a shooting in the 1300 block of N. Chester St. When the officers arrived, they found a man dead in the street, said Agent Martin Bartness, a police spokesman.

The third killing occurred at Lafayette Avenue and Port Street. Police received a call at 4:30 p.m. about gunfire and arrived to find a man on the ground with several gunshot wounds.

The unidentified man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about an hour later, said Detective Marvin Sydnor.

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