Man With Shotgun Held In Killing

Suspect Was Observed On City Surveillance Cameras

July 16, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,

Dante McCray was detained by police about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after surveillance camera operators observed him with a shotgun in downtown Baltimore.

By lunchtime, he had been charged in the killing of a woman in Fells Point.

City police said officers swarmed the 22-year-old after watching him put a shotgun into the trunk of a white Cadillac parked at Eutaw and Lombard streets. The car had stolen plates and was being sought in connection with the shooting a day earlier of Josephine Lewatowski, 48.

McCray, who also had a .38-caliber semiautomatic pistol, was detained by Central District officers and taken in for questioning as detectives searched the vehicle and performed ballistics tests on the weapons.

He was charged Wednesday afternoon with first-degree murder, according to the agency's chief spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi. A motive for the shooting was not disclosed.

"It's really a testament to the CitiWatch system," Guglielmi said, referring to the control center for the city's network of surveillance cameras. "Here's another bad guy with a gun taken off the streets."

Lewatowski, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was found about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of S. Regester St., just off Eastern Avenue in Fells Point. She was pronounced dead Tuesday night, police said. Police had initially reported that the victim appeared to be in her late 20s.

Police did not have an address for Lewatowski, who had a lengthy criminal record, but they said she had a brother who lived in the area. A relative who answered the phone at his home declined to comment.

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