Homeless men argue


one fatally stabbed

May 28, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin

An argument between two homeless men ended yesterday afternoon in a fatal stabbing about a block from Baltimore's City Hall, authorities reported.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 3 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Gay St. The victim - whose name was withheld - died less than an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was the third person slain in the city since early Saturday, according to city police.

Police said two men were fatally shot Saturday in West Baltimore, one in the early morning and another in the evening.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, Brian Johnson, 31, of the 500 block of Half Mile Court was found shot in front of a house in the 1600 block of Vincent Court and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Eight spent shell casings from a semiautomatic handgun were found nearby, police said.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, in the 700 block of N. Payson St., police found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Harris said the man had been shot once in the head and the woman had a graze wound to her lower back. Both were taken to Shock Trauma, where the man, Amin Reed, 30, of no fixed address, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m., Harris said. The woman's name was not released.

Police also reported two other shootings - about a half-hour apart - in the Western District yesterday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of N. Monroe St., and about 2:40 a.m., police found a 25-year-old man shot in the first block of Gorman Ave., Harris said. Their wounds were not life-threatening, he added.

No arrests had been made in any of the cases, police said.

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