2 men killed in apparently unrelated shootings

another wounded

August 27, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Two men were killed in apparently unrelated incidents of street violence that occurred within minutes of each other early yesterday, Baltimore police said.

In Northwest Baltimore about midnight, police responded to a report of shots fired and found a man lying face down on the pavement in the 3900 block of Ayrdale Ave., police said. He had been shot in the midsection.

The man was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:37 a.m.

Police identified the victim as Corey Toney, 24, of the 3900 block of Penhurst Ave. Police said Toney and Roderick Gilliam, 19, were walking on Ayrdale Avenue when two gunmen forced them to the ground and robbed them of two disconnected cell phones and a small amount of money before shooting them.

While police were at the shooting scene, Gilliam's mother told them that her son had been shot and was at her nearby home. He had been shot in the face, arms and legs, police said. Gilliam was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday.

About 12:20 a.m. in West Baltimore, a man was found lying on a stairway next to a trash receptacle in the 800 block of Vine St., police said. He had been shot several times. Based on shell casings found by police at the scene, it appears that the attacker chased the victim, police spokesman Matt Jablow said.

The victim, identified as Kentwarn Watkins, 24, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. Police said they had not determined Watkins' last address.

Police urged anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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