Five killed, three wounded, in rash of shootings in city

Police say six incidents don't appear to be related

July 06, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber and Josh Mitchell | Del Quentin Wilber and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF

Five people, including a 16-year-old girl, were killed, and three others were wounded in six shootings, as gunfire erupted across Baltimore during a nine-hour period that began just after Fourth of July celebrations ended downtown.

Col. Robert M. Stanton, commander of the criminal investigation division, said that detectives do not know of "solid motives" in any of the cases, but that the shootings do not appear to be related.

Stanton also said that assigning large numbers of officers to the Inner Harbor to provide additional security for the Independence Day celebration did not siphon police from the rest of the city.

Police districts were operating at full strength, he said.

"We had plenty of people out there," Stanton said. "It wasn't from lack of trying."

The killings pushed the city's homicide toll to 134 for the year - three fewer than during the same period last year. Although Mayor Martin O'Malley has set a goal of reducing homicides to 175 this year, the city is on pace to have 262 killings for 2002.

The shootings began about 11:40 p.m., when Domenique Hawkins, 19, was gunned down while enjoying a barbecue on a basketball court in the 3700 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

An unknown man approached Hawkins, pulled out a handgun and shot him in the head, police said.

After shooting Hawkins, the man fled on foot, police said. Hawkins, of the 5400 block of Price Ave., was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died.

"He was just sitting there, trying to enjoy the Fourth of July like everybody else," said Charlene Morrison, Hawkins' mother. "The Fourth of July will never be the same for me. I have nothing to celebrate on the Fourth."

At 2 a.m., in Southwest Baltimore, a 35-year-old man riding a bicycle in the 4000 block of Frederick Ave. was fatally shot by an unknown gunman, police said.

The victim, Maurice Young of the 4200 block of Frederick Ave., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died.

Teen-age victims

About an hour later, Shermere Moore, 16, and a teen-age boy were sitting on a porch in the 1700 block of Montpelier St. near Clifton Park when both were shot, police said.

Moore, of the 1400 block of Fillmore St., died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maurice Booker, 17, of the 1700 block of Homestead St. was wounded in the shoulder, police said.

In West Baltimore, a 26-year-old man was shot to death in his car about 7 a.m. as he drove to work, police said.

The man, whom police declined to identify pending the notification of relatives, was in the 1800 block of Moreland Ave. when someone shot him, police said. The man tried to escape but lost control of his Chevrolet Malibu and crashed into several parked cars, according to investigators. He died at the scene of a head wound, police said.

Two shot at bus stop

About 15 minutes later, two unidentified men sitting at a bus stop at The Alameda and Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore were shot by unknown men, police said. One was killed and the other wounded.

Early yesterday, a 52-year-old man was shot and wounded in the 1600 block of N. Gay St. in East Baltimore as he walked home from a store.

Police said that James J. Wright Sr. of that block was shot in the left thigh as he ran away from several men after a fight.

Through Thursday, 283 people had been wounded in city shootings, compared with 345 during the same period last year.

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