Crime & Courts

CRIME & COURTS

October 08, 2008

City shootings kill 2, injure 3, including boy

A man and a boy were wounded Monday night in Southwest Baltimore - part of a spate of shootings that left two men dead and three others injured by gunfire, police said. A 30-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy who were shot were found by police about 10 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Smallwood St., police said. The man had been shot in both legs and in the buttocks, and the boy was shot in his back and buttocks, police said. Both were taken to a hospital. The boy was in critical condition; the condition of the man was not available. About 30 minutes after the man and boy were shot, a police officer was guided to the body of a man lying on a playground in the 500 block of Catherine St. The unidentified man had been shot in the back of the neck and had been dead for several days, police said. About the same time, police had also responded to a shooting in the 300 block of S. Fulton Ave., near Ramsay Street. They found two brothers who had been shot; one, identified as Clayton Oxendine, 24, who lived in the block where he was killed, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other brother was shot in the shoulder and was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

3 arrested in vandalism at Jewish institutions

Two men and a boy were arrested yesterday and charged with spray-painting anti-Semitic scrawlings onto the exterior signs of two Jewish institutions in Pikesville over the weekend, Baltimore County police said. One of the men is a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in the 5500 block of Slade Ave., where the word Nazi and a swastika were spray-painted on signs, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. Signs at Beth Tfiloh Community School in the 3300 block of Old Court Road were similarly defaced. The incidents were not hate crimes, Hill said, but he declined to discuss a motive for the vandalism. Police are withholding the identities of the men until they are charged, he said.

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