Unlicensed taxicab driver dies of wounds suffered in shooting

December 21, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

An unlicensed taxi driver who was shot Monday night during a robbery attempt in North Baltimore died yesterday.

The victim was identified as a 50-year-old former Martinsburg, W.Va., resident whose local address was unknown and whose relatives had not been located.

Police said that shortly after the driver stopped in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. about 10:30 p.m., a gunman approached his Honda Accord and announced a holdup. Before the driver could give up money or valuables, he was shot several times.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was placed on life-support before dying about 11 a.m. yesterday, police said.

The shooting brings to 262 the number of homicides in the city this year, compared with 270 by this date last year, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

richard.irwin@baltsun.com

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