Crime Watch

November 05, 2007

Police seek suspect in shooting of man, 30

A 30-year-old male resident of the city's Middle East neighborhood was shot early yesterday near his home and died a short time later at an area hospital, a city police spokesman said.

No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive for the city's 253rd homicide. At the same time last year, the city had recorded 232 homicides, according to police records.

Norman Smith of the 900 block of Broadway was in the 1600 block of E. Eager St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. when he was shot multiple times by an unidentified male wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

After being shot, Smith ran a short distance to the 1000 block of N. Broadway, within a block of his home, and collapsed, Moses said.

The shooting was reported by someone who dialed 911.

Smith was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to the emergency room at nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 3:20 a.m.

The gunman was last seen running north on Broadway.

Homicide detectives were investigating, Moses said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the killing.

Justin Fenton and Richard Irwin

Man arrested after police chase

A man suspected of ramming a city police cruiser last night and then triggering a pursuit by Baltimore City and Baltimore County police, the crew of a county police helicopter, state police and a Harford County sheriff's deputy was arrested near Bel Air after about a 30-minute chase.

The pursuit began about 7:30 p.m. after the driver of a brown 1989 GMC work van with a ladder on top rammed a cruiser on Eastern Avenue in Southeast Baltimore before driving toward the county.

The reason for the ramming was not available.

Near Southern Avenue in North Point, Baltimore County, the man drove in circles before entering the outer loop of Interstate 695, police reported.

From I-695, the man drove north on I-95, with city and county police directly behind him, their emergency lights flashing and sirens blaring. Above, a county police helicopter monitored the pursuit.

Near Abingdon, in Harford County, the van turned onto Route 24 and was heading toward Bel Air when it turned onto Tollgate Road and was stopped by a Harford County sheriff's deputy and a state trooper.

The man was arrested and taken to Baltimore's Southeastern District, where he faced multiple criminal and traffic charges.

Richard Irwin

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