Three killed in shootings within three hours in Baltimore

fourth victim injured in first shooting

November 24, 2008|By Richard Irwin

Four people were shot, three of them fatally, within three hours yesterday during apparently unrelated incidents, one of which was during a drug dispute on a street in the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood in South Baltimore; another was a pizza deliveryman; and the third had an unknown motive, police said. The victims' names were withheld pending notification of family members and no arrests had been made.

About 6:30 p.m., a man and a woman were arguing with a heavyset man over drugs near a parking lot in the 1000 block of Leadenhall St., police said, when the man shot both of them with a handgun. The unidentified gunman fled on foot. The victims were taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the man died. The woman was expected to survive, police said.

In the second fatal shooting, firefighters responding to what appeared to be an auto accident in the 2200 block of Tucker Lane in Wakefield about 7:45 p.m. found a car that had crashed into a tree. The driver, a pizza deliveryman, was unconscious. Firefighters examined the man and saw that he had been shot. The man was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died a short time later. Police were attempting to determine if he was shot during or after a robbery.

About 5 p.m., police responding to shots fired in the 1300 block of W. North Ave. near Etting Street in West Baltimore found a man bleeding from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he died a short time later, police reported. Details of that shooting were not available.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in any of the shootings.

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