2 killed in triple shooting

1 dead in stabbing

March 19, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Three men were slain Tuesday night in separate incidents, including a triple shooting inside a carryout restaurant that left two men dead and one injured.

The killings bring the city's homicide count to 46, up more than 20 percent than at this time last year, though nonfatal shootings and most other crimes are down so far in 2009.

The incidents occurred within an hour of each other. About 10 p.m., three men were in a carryout restaurant in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. in the Better Waverly neighborhood. Northern District police responded to reports of shots fired and found one man lying on the pavement outside the store and two others inside, police said.

At least two of the three men had been shot in the head, police said.

Two victims were taken by city Fire Department ambulances to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a third was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The identities of the men who were killed were not available yesterday, and police withheld the name of the surviving victim because he is a witness.

A short time later in Southeast Baltimore's St. Helena neighborhood, police found William L. Smith, 24, suffering from stab wounds in a car in the 1300 block of Dundalk Ave. Police say they believe Smith had been fatally stabbed about 11 p.m. in a dispute in the 6500 block of Cleveland Ave.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Smith was with his girlfriend at the woman's ex-boyfriend's home when an argument ensued. Harris said police have identified a person of interest in his death..

Because Smith's killing occurred near the county line, Baltimore County police helped in the initial investigation, but city homicide detectives are handling the murder case.

Though homicides are up, total killings and nonfatal shootings combined are down 11 percent. At this point last year, there had been 125 homicides and shootings. So far in 2009, there have been 111. The average at this point in the past five years is 149.

Baltimore Sun reporters Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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