No arrests made in 3 fatal shootings since Friday

April 03, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

City homicide detectives said yesterday that no arrests had been made in three fatal shootings that occurred since early Friday, including that of a pregnant woman who was shot outside a popular nightclub near Penn Station.

The second reported homicide occurred inside an East Baltimore dwelling shortly before noon Friday. The latest occurred early Saturday on a West Baltimore street.

About 6 a.m. Saturday, Western District police responding to a report of a shooting in the 500 block of N. Mount St. found a man slumped over on the front steps of a rowhouse with at least one gunshot wound.

The man, whose identity had not been determined, was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics. Police were attempting to identify the victim through fingerprints.

Shortly before noon Friday, Eastern District police responding to a report of a shooting inside a house in the 900 block of N. Luzerne Ave. found Edward Jeter, 28, a resident of the same street, lying in a room after being shot.

Police said Jeter was pronounced dead at the scene, but provided no details of the slaying.

Police released yesterday the name of the pregnant woman who was shot early Friday outside Club Choices in the 1800 block of N. Charles St. and who died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said Ashley Harris, 19, of the 2000 block of Druid Park Drive near Park Circle in Northwest Baltimore was standing outside the club with several other people about 1 a.m. when someone fired at least one shot that struck the pregnant woman in the upper torso.

Harris was taken by a Fire Department ambulance to Shock Trauma, where she died shortly before 2 a.m. The length of Harris' pregnancy and the fate of the fetus were not available.

Despite numerous police officers responding to the scene on North Charles Street, which has been hailed as an emerging arts and entertainment district, no arrest had been made.

Yesterday, police were trying to determine whether Harris had been in Club Choices, which is licensed to stay open all night and shares a door with Club Trip's Place, which serves alcohol until 2 a.m.

Police said their investigation had not determined whether Harris was intentionally shot or was a bystander.

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

richard.irwin@baltsun.com

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