Man charged in triple shooting that left 1 dead in West Baltimore

March 01, 2010|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com

A 35-year-old Edgewood man, whose record includes two prior handgun convictions, has been charged in a triple shooting last week in West Baltimore that left one man dead, court records show.

Kivi Ali Kennedy of the 800 block of Gilway Court was arrested at the scene by a patrol officer after a foot chase, according to charging documents. He was wearing a work uniform from a furniture store and was identified by the surviving victims as the man who shot them, records show.

The shooting occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Thursday night in the 1500 block of N. Fulton Ave., in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Dejuan Green, 23, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Kennedy has a prior history of gun crimes. In February 2008, records show that he pleaded guilty to a handgun charge and received a sentence of 10 years with all but two years suspended. That sentence followed a three-year prison term handed down in 2002 for gun possession after he was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder.

In between, in 2005, he was charged and acquitted of firearm possession, pleading guilty instead to one count of drug possession, records show.

On Thursday night, police determined that the three men had been shot while sitting in a 1997 Chevy Suburban, Detective Donald Diehl wrote in charging documents. The windows were shot out and there was blood spatter on the front and rear seats. In the rear driver's side of the vehicle, police found a wooden-handled revolver.

One of the victims identified the attacker as Ali, and said he was wearing a work uniform with some type of name patch, police said. When patrol officers apprehended Kennedy, he was wearing a Gardiner's Furniture uniform with the name "Ali" on the name patch. A motive was not given.

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