Annapolis tallies 2nd slaying of year

24-year-old fatally shot on Bates Street this week

only 3 city killings in 2004

February 04, 2005|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

The fatal shooting of an Annapolis man this week near the Clay Street community marked the city's second homicide of 2005, one shy of the total number of murders in Annapolis last year.

Tarrod Lonta Wallace, 24, who had no fixed address but was apparently staying in a home on Copeland Road, was shot multiple times outside an address on Bates Street about midnight Wednesday, said city police spokesman Officer Carl Bouie.

Wallace was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center and then transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Bouie would not speculate on the motive in Wallace's killing, though he said the area where the former Annapolis High School student was found - a street adjacent to the Obery Court public housing complex - is known for illegal drug activity.

Court records show that Wallace had been convicted of drug possession charges. He was also found guilty of felony theft in late 2003 and had not yet completed a term of probation at the time of his death.

Bouie said investigators have neither identified nor apprehended any suspects in Wallace's killing, which came on the heels of another shooting that occurred near a public housing complex in Eastport.

On Jan. 7, Eddie Lee Jenkins, 45, was shot in the chest while standing in the 1100 block of President St. near the Eastport Terrace complex. No suspects have been apprehended in that slaying.

Police have said that Jenkins had a criminal history and had previously been banned from the community where he died.

Anita Carroll-Jackson, acting director of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, said the agency bans those who have been arrested on its properties for offenses such as drug dealing or weapons possession.

The banned list currently includes about 175 names, she said, and Wallace was not among them.

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