Five shot are tied to 'Bloods'

Police seeking two men in Tuesday night assault in West Baltimore

August 07, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

The five men who were shot in West Baltimore on Tuesday night were members of a Bloods gang that has had a history of violent clashes in Baltimore in recent years, city police said yesterday.

The victims, who ranged in age from 18 to 20 years old, were walking in the area of Edmondson and Claymont avenues shortly before 11 p.m. when a gray four-door sedan pulled up near them. Police said two men got out of the car carrying weapons - possibly a sawed-off shotgun and an automatic rifle.

Police said the gunmen fired several times at the group, striking the men in the lower parts of their bodies. The two shooters then jumped back into the car and sped away, while the injured men were taken to hospitals, police said.

In interviews with detectives, the victims identified themselves as being members of Treetop Piru, affiliated with the Bloods gang that has been connected to violent crime in Baltimore in recent years.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, declined to release the names of the hospitals where the victims were being treated, or their names, for their safety. The identities of the suspects were not known nor was a motive known in the attack, Monroe said.

The quintuple shooting came just a few hours after neighborhoods across the city celebrated National Night Out events, with city leaders and residents gathering in outings intended to show a unified stance against crime. It was the first of two shootings overnight.

Shortly after midnight yesterday in Northeast Baltimore, a 45-year-old man was robbed and shot while waiting to pick up an order of Chinese food at a carryout in the 2700 block of Harford Road, police said. Authorities said a man walked up and pointed a handgun at him.

The gunman took unspecified items from the man's pockets, police said. A second man entered the store and joined the first man in robbing the victim and, as the pair left, the second man pulled out another handgun and shot the victim in the left leg, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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