Man, teen killed in 2 city incidents

May 30, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A teen-age boy was gunned down several blocks from his West Baltimore home in one of two unrelated slayings yesterday in the city, police said.

Clyde Omar Martin, 16, who lived with his grandmother in the 700 block of W. Saratoga St., was standing with his bicycle about 11:30 a.m. and talking to a few friends outside a convenience store in the 1100 block of Edmondson Ave. when he was shot twice in the head.

The gunman - his face partially covered with a mask - stepped from what may have been a brown or beige Pontiac Bonneville and opened fire at the boy, said homicide Detective Blane Vucci.

Witnesses told police the gunman got back in the car, which sped away, but they were unable to recall the tag numbers or provide a good description of the killer, Vucci said. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives gathered on the porch of his grandmother's house yesterday evening declined to talk to a reporter.

About an hour and a half later, Joseph Dennis, 41, of the 3900 block of Woodridge Road in Edmondson Village was fatally stabbed or cut in the chest after an argument with a man in the 600 block of Denison St., said Sgt. Richard Petrey of the homicide squad.

Dennis died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Anyone with information about either killing is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

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