City man charged in fatal shooting in W. Baltimore

October 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man was charged with murder yesterday, shortly after a fatal shooting in West Baltimore, police said.

Police arrested Steven Haag, 23, in the death of Kieta J. Smith, also 23, after finding Haag in a building near where gunshots were fired.

Officers had responded about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to the report of the shooting in the first block of N. Fulton Ave. Witnesses told police that the gunman ran to a nearby home. Police found Haag on the third floor of a house in the block where the shooting occurred.

Haag, who lives on block, has been charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Smith, of the 1800 block of W. Lexington St., was found sprawled on the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds to the chest and head, police said. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead early yesterday.

Smith's death marked the 241st homicide this year in Baltimore, police said. Last year at this point, there had been 218.

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