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June 27, 2005

BALTIMORE

Weekend shootings leave two women, one man dead

Two women were found fatally shot within minutes of each other yesterday in apparently unrelated homicides - one of them a few hours after her 30th birthday, city police said.

In a third weekend slaying, a 13-year-old boy was arrested yesterday as a suspect in the shootings of two men early Saturday.

In the first of yesterday's slayings, officers responding to a reported shooting about 3:20 a.m. found Caprice Jackson in the back yard of her home in the 1300 block of Pentridge Road in Northeast Baltimore, bleeding from multiple wounds. Jackson - who turned 30 Saturday - was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said investigators knew of no motive for the shooting.

Minutes after police found Jackson's body, Central District officers responding to a reported shooting in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. found the body of a 20-year-old Washington woman lying in the street, said Sgt. Richard Petrey of the homicide squad. Her name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Petrey said the woman might have been arguing with someone when she was shot.

Anyone with information about either homicide is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

In Saturday's incident, two men were shot about 1:25 a.m. in the 4000 block of Oswego Court. Killed was Jerrod Hamlett, 23, of the 3000 block of Wylie Ave. The other victim, 21-year-old Eric Freeman, was admitted to Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police, with an arrest warrant, entered a home in the 2500 block of Violet Ave. about 11 a.m. yesterday seeking a 13-year-old boy in connection with the double shooting. After the boy's mother called him, he returned home and was arrested by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Police said charges were expected to be lodged today, and noted that 14 years is the minimum age at which a person can be charged as an adult with a crime.

- Melissa Harris and Richard Irwin

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