Crime Watch


July 28, 2006

Man is fatally shot near west-side home

A man was fatally shot while standing a few doors from his West Baltimore home yesterday morning, city police said.

Douglas Pulley, 27, was in the 1700 block of Warwick Avenue with three companions when a dark sport utility vehicle pulled onto the block and three men got out, authorities said.

One of the men brandished a shotgun and told the group that he planned to rob them, police said, and another man pulled out a handgun as the four people started to run. The man with the shotgun grabbed Pulley as he fled; the two men started to scuffle, and then one shot Pulley, police said.

As the three men walked away, the man with the shotgun turned and fired again, hitting one of Pulley's companions in the buttocks. The men got back in the SUV and drove away, police said.

Police were called about 2:25 a.m. to respond to the shooting. Both victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Pulley was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m. The other person, a potential witness whose name was withheld, was in good condition, police said.

Police also reported yesterday the death of the second victim of a double shooting Sunday morning outside a house in the 2500 block of Loyola Southway.

Police said a man, whose name has not been released, was shot several times during the incident and died about 10 p.m. Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. The other victim, Bernadette Reed, 47, of the Loyola Southway address, died at Sinai shortly after she was shot. No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive for the killings.

Julie Scharper and Richard Irwin

Man shot was talent agent

A man found dead inside a Hanover-based talent agency was identified yesterday as its owner.

Richard Preston Shaw, 56, of the 7500 block of Terrain Court in Hanover had been shot in the chest, Anne Arundel County police said. He was discovered at 9 a.m. Wednesday by one of his employees arriving for work at Kidz in the Biz in the 7400 block of New Ridge Road.

Shaw was last seen by an employee at the business at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

The company has gone by several names, including Motion Pictures Inc. and the Annapolis Talent Agency. It was founded in 1968, according to its Web site. Twenty-two complaints have been filed against the agency in the past three years, according to a spokesman for the attorney general's office. Of those complaints, two were filed in the past year and one is an open case, said Kevin Enright, the spokesman.

Enright said Anne Arundel County police are examining the complaints and had asked his office not to disclose the nature of them.

County police said they haven't identified a motive or suspects in Shaw's killing, and asked that anyone with information call 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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