One killed, one injured in weekend shooting

January 15, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Two men were shot Saturday afternoon, one fatally, in an ambush-style slaying on a street in Northeast Baltimore, city police said yesterday.

The shooting occurred about 12:45 p.m. near the mouth of an alley in the 1500 block of E. 29th St. in the city's Coldstream Homestead Montebello community. The surviving victim - a 22-year-old whom police declined to identify out of concern for his safety - suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police identified the man who was killed as Richard Crane, 37, who lived in the block where the shooting occurred. Police said he suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said that detectives believe a man approached the pair on foot and, without saying a word, opened fire. Crane was pronounced dead at the scene; the other victim was taken to an area hospital, police said.

Moses said detectives had interviewed witnesses but did not have a suspect and did not know of a motive in the attack.

Crane was the city's 16th homicide victim since Jan. 1. Thirteen of the victims died in shootings.

Each of the city's nine police districts has recorded at least one killing so far this year. Two districts - Northern and Northeastern - have had three homicides each, according to police reports.

The city began the year with a pace of killings that was almost double last January's pace. But as of yesterday, total homicides were almost even with last year. There were 14 slayings in the first two weeks of 2006. On Jan. 13, 2006, the city recorded five homicides.

In all of January last year, 29 people were killed in Baltimore, according to police figures.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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