Two men are killed in Southwest shooting


December 10, 2005|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

Two men were gunned down shortly after midnight yesterday in Southwest Baltimore and died soon after they arrived at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police were seeking a motive in the shootings that claimed the lives of Timothy Ford, 23, and Talib Damon, 21. Police said the men were each shot several times in the 3200 block of Phelps Lane and were found on a sidewalk.

The killings brought the homicide total this year to 256 as of yesterday, compared with 265 for the same time last year.

Neighborhood residents who heard the shots ran to help the men, said Ford's mother, Joyce, who lives on Phelps Lane, a block from where son was shot.

Ford said she heard her son walk out of her house about midnight. Minutes later, gunshots rang out.

"I had a deep gut feeling that it was him," Ford said. She said someone put her wounded son in a car, and she sat with him. Paramedics then arrived and took him to the hospital.

Ford was pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m.; Damon had died at 12:55 a.m., police said. Relatives of Damon, who lived in the first block of N. Bernice Ave., could not be reached for comment last night.

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