Two fatal shootings under investigation

CRIME WATCH

May 18, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

City police detectives are investigating two homicides that occurred within eight hours early yesterday and Wednesday night - the most recent one the fatal shooting of a teenage boy at the Douglass Homes public housing apartments in East Baltimore.

About 2:10 a.m. yesterday, Southeastern District officers and Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to the 200 block of N. Dallas Court in East Baltimore's Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood for a report of a "sick person," said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

There, they found Robert Perlie, 16, of the 5600 block of Gardenville Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head, Moses said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital and underwent emergency surgery before dying at 2:36 a.m., the spokesman said.

Detectives were attempting to find anyone with information about the youth's death, Moses said.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, a 21-year-old man was shot as he walked along the 5100 block of York Road in North Baltimore. Northern District officers found the victim bleeding from wounds to the upper body, Moses said.

A man had approached and shot the victim, then fled on foot, according to police.

The victim, Earl Sonny Cornish III, died a short time later at Sinai Hospital, police said. Cornish last lived in the 1000 block of Richnor Ave., in Northeast Baltimore, public records show.

As of yesterday, Baltimore had recorded 109 homicide deaths this year - 10 more than at the same time a year ago, Moses said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the killings.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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