Crime Watch

January 25, 2008

Two shot in liquor store in Sandtown-Winchester

Police were seeking a man who entered a liquor store in the Sandtown-Winchester community of West Baltimore yesterday evening and shot two men, one multiple times in the body and the other in the neck, as they were about to leave the business, a police spokesman said.

Their names were being withheld pending notification of family members, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

Shortly before 6 p.m. the two men were on their way out of B&W Liquors in the 1100 block of N. Stricker St. when the gunman entered the store and began shooting, Moses said.

He said the gunman fled on foot and that no store employees were injured.

Western District police and the crews of two ambulances also responded.

Moses said the man shot multiple times was near death and was revived at the scene. He said both victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the man shot multiple times was reported in critical condition. The condition of the other man had not been determined hours after the shooting, but he was expected to survive, Moses said.

Moses said it was not known whether any words were spoken between the gunman and the victims, and he declined to describe the weapon.

Last night, crime scene tape surrounded the intersection of Stricker and Winchester streets as uniformed officers and detectives searched for clues and interviewed possible witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the city police homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

Richard Irwin

13-year term given in robbery

A 23-year-old man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 13 years in prison for robbing a city gas station of $15,000, according to federal prosecutors.

Tavon Parker of Baltimore pointed a gun at the owner and an employee of a BP station in the 2500 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway on Sept. 30, 2006, authorities said. After getting the money, he drove away in a black Kia Optima, according to police.

On Oct. 8, a Baltimore County police officer found the Optima parked on a street and occupied by two males, who ran before they could be caught, authorities said. A search of the vehicle revealed a cell phone, which led to the identity of Parker, police said.

The owner of the gas station and the employee each identified Parker from a photo lineup, authorities said, and he was arrested Oct. 16 by city police. In the car, prosecutors said, officers found a .357-caliber Magnum Smith and Wesson revolver and six rounds of ammunition in a napkin near the weapon.

Van stolen with 3 children in it

Police were seeking a man who stole a van containing three children parked outside a Northeast Baltimore fast-food restaurant yesterday evening. The vehicle was found several blocks away with the three uninjured youngsters inside.

The names of the children and their parents were not available.

Police said that while the children's father was in McDonald's at Northwood Plaza in the 1500 block of Woodhaven Road about 6:30 p.m., a man got into the van and drove off with the children.

When the father left McDonald's a few minutes later and realized his children were gone, he called police.

Less than an hour later, a woman who lives in the1300 block of Crofton Road, about eight blocks north of the plaza, became suspicious of a man leaving a van with children in it and called police.

Northeastern District police officers and a city Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene, where medics examined the children and found them to be unharmed.

The children were reunited with their parents and taken home, police said.

Richard Irwin

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