Baltimore police investigating two fatal shootings

October 23, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Homicide detectives are investigating two shooting deaths with ties to the Waverly area, though it was unclear whether the incidents are connected.

Police responded to Coldstream Park Elementary School in the 1400 block of Exeter Hall Ave. about 7:30 a.m. yesterday after receiving a report of a male found unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds near the playground area. The male, whose identity was not available yesterday, was taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead.

It was the second incident in three days to take place near a city school, after police shot and wounded a man Monday afternoon during a chase that ended steps away from Belmont Elementary School in West Baltimore. Schools spokeswoman Edie House said the principal at Coldstream Elementary sent an automated call to parents, and letters were sent home with students.

"It's unsettling, the idea that these incidents have taken place so close to the schools," House said. "But the staff, parents and community rallied around to make sure the kids are safe."

Television news outlets reported that police had described the victim as between 15 and 21 years old, though police spokesman Troy Harris said the victim's name and age had not been determined.

The school is two blocks from the home of a 17-year-old who was fatally shot Tuesday night in Southeast Baltimore. Police identified the victim yesterday as Shawn Crosby Jr. of the 600 block of E. 29th St. in Better Waverly.

Police said Crosby was found about 9:30 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Clinton St. in the Ellwood Park-Monument area. He was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. Harris said police know of no motive and had no additional details about the killing.

Crosby had been charged last October with multiple drug and handgun charges. The charges were dropped about a month later.

He is the 22nd juvenile homicide victim this year and the 15th killed in a shooting, according to police statistics. There were 27 juvenile homicide victims in 2007.

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