Two shooting deaths bring homicide toll to 122 in city this year


May 30, 2007|By Peter Hermann and Richard Irwin

Two people - one a 17-year-old - were shot to death in separate incidents early yesterday and Monday night in West Baltimore, city police said.

The city's latest killing occurred about 1:30 a.m. yesterday in the 1600 block of Moreland Ave., just north of Easterwood Park, police said.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire on the street reportedly found a 27-year-old man lying on the front porch of a rowhouse bleeding from multiple bullet wounds. The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Police declined to release details of the shooting and said they knew of no motive or suspects.

About 10:30 p.m. Monday, police said, a gunman chased Jourman Parson, 17, whose address was not available, into Jermella's Cut Rate Liquor store in the 1800 block of Mosher St., in West Baltimore.

A police spokesman said that as the teen huddled in a corner of the carryout attempting to evade his pursuer, the gunman shot him in the back and in the back of the head at close range and fled.

Parson was rushed by ambulance to Shock Trauma, where he died early yesterday, police said.

In another shooting early yesterday, an 18-year-old man was wounded during a fight among several males in the 1600 block of Presbury St., police said.

Officers responding to the fight shortly before 1 a.m. found the victim bleeding from a bullet wound to the right foot. He was taken to Shock Trauma and was reported in good condition.

Baltimore's death toll from homicides this year reached 122 yesterday, compared with 109 at the same time in 2006.

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