Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 07, 2006

2 killed in separate Baltimore shootings

A young man was found shot in the hallway of an apartment building in the 2000 block of N. Longwood St. near Walbrook Avenue in West Baltimore about 5:30 p.m. yesterday and was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Homicide Detective Kirk Hastings said the man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot multiple times and that his name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

More details of the killing, the city's 67th homicide this year, were not available. There had been 65 homicides at the corresponding time last year, police said.

In an unrelated double shooting, one man died and another was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after they were shot early yesterday while sitting in a parked car on a street in the Govans community of Northeast Baltimore, police said.

The victims, Noble Johnson, 26, of the 5600 block of Alhambra Ave. and Shelton Turner, 21, of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, were in a car in the 500 block of Sheridan Ave., near York Road, shortly after 6 a.m. when several shots were fired into the car. One man was hit in the head and the other in the upper body, police said.

Police declined to say which man was behind the steering wheel or to whom the car was registered.

Fire Department ambulances took the men to the emergency room at Hopkins Hospital, where Johnson died a short time later. Turner had been placed on life support, 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 in the shootings.

Richard Irwin

Autopsy done on woman

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death of an Essex woman whose body was found Wednesday night near a ramp leading to northbound Interstate 95 in southeast Baltimore, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

The woman was identified as Lana Jean Whalen, 37, of the first block of Mooring Court in Mariners Cove.

About 9 p.m., motorists heading north on the interstate near the O'Donnell Street entrance ramp saw the woman lying near the shoulder and called police, said Cpl. Pamela Thorne, the spokeswoman.

Thorne said a preliminary examination indicated that the injuries did not appear to be consistent with those of a person hit by a motor vehicle.

Among the motorists at the scene, Thorne said, was a man who said the woman had been in his car moments earlier. He was interviewed and released.

Richard Irwin

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