Two city men fatally shot in apartment in Arundel

Homicides in Brooklyn Park occur near the location of two others

August 30, 2007|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun reporter

Two West Baltimore men were shot to death in a Brooklyn Park apartment Tuesday night, just steps from where two other people were killed this year, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Officers who entered the apartment in the 200 block of Southerly Road about 9 p.m. found Dequincey Antonio Smith, 24, dead of a gunshot wound to the torso and Dontay Williams, 21, wounded, said Capt. Joe Jordan, a police night commander. Williams was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead early yesterday.

Police said they knew of no motive for the shootings. Authorities released composite sketches of two suspects and are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

It was not clear how descriptions of the suspects were obtained. Police would not say whether there was anyone else in the apartment when the shooting occurred or why the victims were there, noting the sensitive nature of the investigation.

The shootings brought the county's homicide count to 10 for the year, with nine occurring in the Northern District.

On April 14 in Brooklyn Park, Michael Jay Francis was shot and forced into the trunk of a vehicle on Brookwood Road. Although his body has not been found, he is presumed dead, and a man has been charged with first-degree murder.

In May, Lesa Lynn Thamby was fatally stabbed at her home on nearby Ballman Court in an alleged domestic dispute.

"It's a [largely] transient area that we share with Baltimore, and we have a number of issues there," said acting Sgt. Sara Schriver, a county police spokeswoman.

Court records show that Smith, of the first block of S. Tremont Road, had been charged numerous times with crimes, including drug distribution, vehicle theft, robbery and domestic violence.

In June, he was convicted of drug distribution in Baltimore Circuit Court and received a 10-year prison sentence, with all but about a month suspended. He spent about a year in jail after being convicted in Towson District Court on vehicle theft charges in 2004, records show.

Williams, of the 2500 block of Mosher St., had been charged multiple times with drug possession and was most recently convicted in March last year.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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