Shootings claim lives of 2 men

Police investigating 72nd, 73rd murders in city this year

April 07, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg, staff

Two men were killed in early morning shootings today in Baltimore, according to police.

In the first incident, Richard Parker, 21, of the 3500 block of Fairview Road, was shot around 1:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd., said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Suffering from numerous gunshot wounds to an arm and his torso, Parker made his way to the 3500 block of Powhatan Ave., where he collapsed, according to Moses.

He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:19 this morning, Moses said.

Police had no motive or suspects in the killing.

At 3 a.m., another man was shot in the 1500 block of E. Lanvale St., according to Moses. Police found the victim on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m., Moses said. Police have not identified the man.

Police were still investigating both fatal shootings. There was no indication that the two murders were related, Moses said.

The two men became the 72nd and 73rd murder victims in the city this year. This time last year, there were 70 murders recorded, Moses said.

Originally published April 7, 2004, 1:29 PM EDT

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