Woman fatally shot, man wounded in car

CRIME WATCH

February 01, 2007|By Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes

A woman was fatally shot and a man slightly wounded last night as they sat in a car parked at the edge of Gwynns Falls Park in West Baltimore, city police said.

Investigators were attempting to determine the relationship of the shooting victims, whose names were being withheld.

Police said the pair, both from West Virginia, came to the city to meet with a man about money and that a dispute broke out before the shootings.

Southwestern District officers responding to gunfire in the 800 block of Hilton St. near Edgewood Street about 5:40 p.m. found the car riddled with bullet holes and a man standing outside it, bleeding from a bullet wound to a hand. The 22-year-old woman was inside the vehicle; she had several wounds to the upper body.

Both were taken by ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the woman was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. The man, 27, was taken after treatment to police headquarters for questioning.

Baltimore police also reported yesterday the killing of a man Saturday night in East Baltimore by someone who walked up to him on a street and shot him.

The victim, Vernon Dredden, 32, was walking with another person in the 1800 block of N. Chester St. when a man wearing a tan coat and hooded sweat shirt shot him several times in the chest, a police spokesman said. Dredden, of the 2500 block of Harford Road, was pronounced dead about 9 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Through yesterday, the city had recorded 28 homicides this year, compared with 29 victims for the similar period last year, according to police.

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