2 men fatally shot at city intersection

July 26, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun Reporter

The occupants of a black Jeep Cherokee were stuck in traffic yesterday waiting for a red light to turn green on Wabash Avenue when a small white sedan pulled up beside it. It was 9:45 a.m. at a busy Northwest Baltimore intersection.

City police said someone inside the sedan opened fire on the Jeep, hitting the driver and passenger as they sat in the southbound lane of Wabash at Rogers Avenue. The shootings sparked a quick series of events that ended with the Jeep plowing into another car.

Police said the two men who were shot died of their wounds and that the gunmen escaped.

As gunfire erupted, police said, the driver of the Jeep tried to speed away, crashing into a small car that was stopped in front of him.

Police said the Jeep pushed the smaller car across the median, across the northbound lanes of Wabash Avenue, into a utility pole and into the front lawn of a house. The driver of the sedan, a 75-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was treated at Sinai Hospital, authorities said.

The driver of the Jeep was rushed to Sinai, where police said he was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. The passenger of the Jeep was pronounced dead on the scene; because live wires were underneath the car, police waited to remove his body until power was cut to dozens of homes in the Pimlico neighborhood.

Police said they knew of no motive in the case.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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