Three men killed in two early-morning shootings

September 11, 2006|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN REPORTER

Three men were killed in two early-morning shootings yesterday in Baltimore - one of them resulting from an argument, the other a robbery, city police said.

About 2 a.m., police arrived in the 300 block of E. 22nd St., where two young men had been hit by gunfire. One, a 20-year-old whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene; the other died later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said police have been unable to identify the second victim, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s.

According to police, a group of young men had been in the area, near Guilford Avenue, when the 20-year-old got into an argument. Someone in the group drew a gun and fired at least two shots, hitting the victims. The unidentified victim apparently had not been involved in the argument, Moses said.

The other slaying - also of a 20-year-old - occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the 3700 block of Eighth St. in Brooklyn.

Police said a group of people sitting on the front steps of a home was approached by two men wielding guns. As one of the gunmen began robbing the people outside, the second noticed two more people, including the victim, sitting on a sofa inside the house, police said.

The second gunman entered the house and demanded that the people on the sofa give up their belongings. The victim stood and was shot in the chest, police said.

The gunmen fled on foot; the victim, whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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