Fatal shooting near school offices linked to Labor Day robbery

September 17, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Police are seeking information about an armed robbery Labor Day night near the city school headquarters building on North Avenue in connection with an unsolved homicide - the victim having been shot by chance while standing more than a block away.

Kenneth Hopkins, 40, who lived nearby in the 200 block of E. 20th 1/2 St., had walked a female friend to the corner of North and Guilford avenues about 10:30 p.m. when he was shot in the back of the head, said Detective Frank Miller.

Evidence shows a gunman was robbing someone in the 2100 block of Guilford Ave. near the rear of the school headquarters building and that one of three shots fired hit Hopkins, who died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Miller said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call Miller at 410-396-2100.

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