Three men fatally wounded in two unrelated shootings

Baltimore police know of no suspects, no motives in early-morning slayings

July 06, 2004|By Kelly Brewington and Tom Pelton | Kelly Brewington and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Three people were killed early yesterday in two unrelated shootings in Baltimore, including a man and his uncle found dead in a Northeast Baltimore home.

At 2:03 a.m., police received a call about a shooting in the 4800 block of Claybury Ave. Officers arrived to find 24-year-old Julian Bease and his uncle, Freddie Lewis, 50, with multiple gunshot wounds to their torsos, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Lewis lived in the house with his sister, Mary Bease, who was not home at the time of the shooting, police said. Julian Bease, her son, lived in Delaware but visited her at the Claybury Avenue house often, police said.

Gary Dorsey, who lives in an adjoining house, said he was awakened about 2 a.m. by Mary Bease banging on his door.

"She was crying and saying, `My son is dead, my son is dead,'" said Dorsey. "She was shaken up and asked to use my phone to call the police."

Dorsey said he wanted to comfort her, but couldn't find the right words. "What would I say to her? She lost a son and a brother," he said. "I couldn't get to sleep last night."

Dorsey said he didn't hear any commotion from his neighbors that night, but noted that people were setting off fireworks throughout the area.

"Firecrackers were going off all night, so I didn't pay it any mind," he said.

The killings were a surprise to neighbors, who depict the immediate area as a community of homeowners with long-standing ties there - despite occasional drug violence nearby.

Claybury Avenue is particularly tight-knit, they said, a street of two-story attached brick homes and carefully planted flowers in the yards.

"You like to think your neighborhood is exempt, but nowhere is exempt," said James Allen, a homeowner in the neighborhood for 30 years.

Investigators knew of no motive or suspect in the double slaying, police said.

Police were also investigating a fatal shooting in a residential area of Brooklyn.

At 4:23 a.m., police responded to a call of a shooting in the rear of a parking lot off Hanover Street, near the city's southern border.

Officers found a man dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The victim's name was withheld pending notification of relatives, and police knew of no suspect or motive, Moses said.

The slayings brought the number of homicides in the city this year to 145, compared with 147 at the same time last year.

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