Two men fatally shot in separate incidents

Argument at club precedes 1 shooting

December 17, 2007|By Greg Garland and Richard Irwin

Two men were shot and killed and another man wounded in unrelated incidents in Baltimore over the weekend, police said yesterday.

The first victim was found about 11 p.m. Friday. Northwestern District police were responding to a report of a man shot inside a house in the 2900 block of Chelsea Terrace when they discovered Richard Lawson, 24, of that address, bleeding from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

Lawson was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

Early yesterday, two men were shot, one fatally, after an altercation among patrons leaving a nightclub in the 1800 block of Charles St., police said.

Police discovered the shooting victims when responding to a call of an accident with injuries at 4:18 a.m. in the 2500 block of Calvert St., said Agent Donny Moses, a Police Department spokesman.

Officers found a man inside the car who had been shot in the head and chest. The other victim, who was shot in the calf, had gotten out of the car and was found a block away, Moses said.

Moses said that the men had been at Club Choices in the 1800 block of Charles St. He said they got in an argument on their way to their car, which was parked in the 1700 block of Calvert St.

"At some point, shots rang out," said Moses. "They managed to make it into the vehicle and drive off."

He said the driver of the car crashed into several parked cars a short distance away.

Jamal Rowlett, 20, of the 4000 block of Hilton Road was taken by ambulance to John Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 4:40 a.m.

Moses did not release the name of the surviving victim or say to which hospital he was taken.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shootings.

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