Crime Watch

September 21, 2007

Victim of beating dies in hospital on birthday

A man found suffering from multiple head injuries Wednesday evening behind an East Baltimore rowhouse died at a hospital less than hour later -- on his birthday, city police said yesterday.

The victim, Darrick S. Harris, 40, of the 5500 block of Cedonia Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, was bleeding from the head and was unresponsive when found by police in an alley in the 2600 block of E. Chase St. about 6:20 p.m.

Police said Harris was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m.

Police said they found a second man, who also had been beaten, near where Harris was found.

That man, 33, was being treated at a hospital and is expected to survive. Police said he was not cooperating and is on probation for drug violations.

Police said that preliminary information shows that both men sustained blunt-force injuries.

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

5 injured in crowd shooting

A man armed with a shotgun loaded with birdshot fired into a crowd standing at an East Baltimore street corner yesterday, wounding four adults and a 16-year-old boy, city police said.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said none of the injuries was life-threatening. Four of the victims -- the juvenile, two men and a woman -- were released from two city hospitals yesterday morning. One woman remained in Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday.

Harris said the shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. in the 2400 block of Barclay St. He said a gunman "shot into the crowd" at a corner and ran away with another man. No arrests have been made.

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