Gunman kills two in midday attack

Two other victims remain hospitalized in shooting at W. Baltimore rowhouse

March 22, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Two men were killed and two others wounded as they stood on a West Baltimore porch during a brazen shooting yesterday afternoon, police said.

Police released few details about the incident, which drew much of the city Police Department's leaders to the scene.

About 1:10 p.m., four men were on the porch of a rowhouse in the 1600 block of N. Smallwood St. when at least one gunman approached and opened fire, police said.

Four men were hit. One was found dead at the scene, another died in an ambulance on the way to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and two others were being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Shock Trauma last night, police said.

Police said they knew of no suspects or motives.

Commissioner Kevin P. Clark made a public appeal to witnesses to come forward and help detectives solve the killings.

Witnesses "better get involved," said Clark, who was joined at the scene by several commanders, including Deputy Commissioner John McEntee. "Enough is enough. ... Help put us on the trail."

The killings put the city's homicide total at 57 for the year. There were 48 killings through the same period last year.

The midday attack shocked many residents who described their neighborhood of brick rowhouses and churches as a quiet oasis amid the routine violence of West Baltimore.

"This is a nice area," said Tony Wilson, 35, who lives around the corner from the shooting scene. "You can hang out on your porch and chill and kids can play outside."

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