Second shooting examined

August 08, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Police yesterday were investigating a shooting Wednesday night that injured three people - one fatally - outside a West Baltimore bar, a day after five suspected gang members were wounded in a shooting several blocks away.

Sterling Clifford, a city police spokesman, said it was too early for detectives to know whether the two incidents near Edmondson Avenue and Poplar Grove Street are related.

"The department has deep intelligence on gang activity in the city and criminal activity in that area," Clifford said. "[Detectives] were checking on a variety of possible motives and suspects."

The shooting occurred about 10:20 p.m. when police said three men walked out of the Club Rio bar and lounge in the 1300 block of Bloomingdale Road. Several men got out of a car and confronted them with handguns. One of the suspects said something to the men and then began firing a handgun at them, police said.

One man was killed and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries, according to Agent Donny Moses, another police spokesman. The victim who died was identified as Robert C. Buckner, 19, of Hyattsville. According to electronic court records, Buckner had recently lived in the 1200 block of Poplar Grove St., about a block away from the bar.

The other shooting occurred Tuesday shortly before 11 p.m. when, police said, two armed men got out of a car and shot at five men who were walking in the area of the 2600 block of Edmondson Ave., about three-quarters of a mile away from the shooting Wednesday. The assailants then got back into the car and sped away. Two of the five men remained hospitalized yesterday.

Police said the five men who were shot identified themselves as members of Treetop Piru, a subset of the Bloods gang. Police did not disclose a motive. Tensions between Bloods and Crips gang members have simmered over the past two years along Edmondson Avenue and Poplar Grove Street.

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