Boy, 17, fatally shot in west-side gunfight


March 22, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,sun reporter

A 17-year-old boy was killed early yesterday in West Baltimore in a running gun battle with at least one other person, becoming the city's 64th homicide victim this year, police said.

Homicides have continued to outpace last year's figures, when 53 people were killed during the same period. Through the first three weeks of March, 18 people have been slain.

Police also reported the discovery of two bodies - of a man and woman - in a rowhouse in the Rosemont section of West Baltimore and listed the deaths as suspicious, pending autopsies by the state medical examiner's office.

About 8 p.m., police received a report of two unresponsive persons in a house in the 3400 block of Normount Ave. at the eastern edge of Gwynns Falls Park near Hilton Parkway, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Police sealed off the house while homicide detectives investigated the deaths and looked for evidence, Harris said.

The teenager, Shawn Lamont Weaver, was found by officers about 2:20 a.m. yesterday, lying in the 900 block of McCulloh St. with gunshot wounds to the head. The gunfight might have started nearby, in the 1000 block of Druid Hill Ave., and the victim ran through the McCulloh Homes apartments, police said. Shell casings were found in different places in the neighborhood, police said.

Officers recovered two handguns at the scene, but no arrests had been made, police said.

Police also started an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found floating in the Inner Harbor about 11:15 a.m. yesterday by a public works crew.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said investigators have tentatively identified the man, whose body was pulled out of the water near the Light Street Pavilion, but are awaiting a fingerprint comparison for confirmation. There was no sign of trauma to his body, and the state medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.

Police also released the identities of two men killed in cases that remain under investigation.

A man killed Saturday afternoon in the 4900 block of Queensberry Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was identified as Rodney Dewitt, 21, of the 3500 block of Virginia Ave. He was found lying in the street, wounded in the head and chest, and several men were seen running from the scene, police said.

A man found fatally shot Tuesday in a vacant North Baltimore home was identified as Ricardo Paige, 54. Police said he was found with several gunshot wounds to his head and body in the living room of a home in the 500 block of E. 43rd St. - the same block near York Road in which he lived.

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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