In Brief

November 15, 2009

Double-shooting in city leaves two hospitalized

City police officers responded to a double-shooting in the 800 block of Lemmon St. at 2:20 p.m. Saturday. Police spokesman Donny Moses said officers found a 62-year-old woman who had been shot in the face, and a 45-year-old man in a wheelchair who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims, whose names have not been released pending notification of next of kin, were transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Moses said the woman's injuries aren't considered life-threatening; the man was listed in critical condition. Police have no suspects or motives in the shooting, Moses said.

-Frederick N. Rasmussen

No suspects in city shooting that leaves one dead

Officers patrolling North and Druid Hill avenues at 12 :45 a.m. Saturday, heard shots coming from the 2800 block of Druid Hill Ave., said police spokesman Donny Moses. "The victim was Sammie McCullough Jr., 36, who was found sitting in a 2003 Honda with gunshot wounds to the neck," Moses said. McCullough was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Police said they had no suspects in the case.

-Frederick N. Rasmussen

City police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of man

A man charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in a shooting Nov. 7 in a West Baltimore garage has been arrested, police said. Ravannah Robert Cornish, 27, of the 600 block of N. Kenwood Ave. was arrested Tuesday in the 2700 block of Oswego Ave. and was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail review hearing, according to Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman. Cornish, who is on parole for an undisclosed crime, was charged in the death of Johnnie Hawkins, 40, of the 3500 block of Richmond Ave. in Northeast Baltimore. Hawkins was shot several times at Superior Auto Makeover Car Wash in the 100 block of S. Payson St., police said. He died the next day at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police did not know the motive for the shooting.

-Richard Irwin

Woman reports attempted carjacking in Laurel

A woman told Anne Arundel County police that a man tried to carjack her Thursday afternoon as she was getting out of her car in the Walmart parking lot in Laurel. About 1:20 p.m. in the 3500 block of Russett Green, a man approached the woman's car, grabbed her around her neck and tried to take her keys, police said. She screamed and the man ran away, according to police. The woman had minor injuries, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Army holding Maryland soldier in Afghanistan as deserter

A Maryland soldier is in Army custody and classified as a deserter - unfairly, relatives say - after he extended a two-week mid-tour leave to take care of his sick wife and their new baby. Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Frederick has asked the Secretary of the Army to investigate whether the Army mistreated Pfc. Christopher Pfeiffer, 20, of Westminster. Army officials would not comment on whether he faces charges or has received nonjudicial punishment. Lisa Wright, a spokeswoman for Bartlett, said Pfeiffer's case has been brought to the Army secretary's attention, the highest level for such appeals. "The Army is working with Congressman Bartlett's office to review this case and try to resolve it," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said Friday.

- McClatchy Tribune News Service

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