Suspected gang leader shot to death in Charles Village

March 14, 2010|By Justin Fenton |

Police identified a man who was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Charles Village as Donatello Fenner, a 22-year-old who has long been on law enforcement radar as a leader of a North Baltimore gang.

Police found Fenner with several gunshot wounds about 4:20 p.m. in an alley in the 2600 block of N. Calvert St. Fenner was said to be a ranking member of the Young Gorilla Family gang, and that group has been linked to much of the violence recently in the Barclay neighborhood, just south of where Fenner was found wounded, according to police.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said Fenner was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5 p.m. Moses said there were "no suspects, no motives."

Fenner has eluded serious prison time, but in a June 2008 Sun article, Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III singled him out as someone police were watching as part of an increased effort to target the city's most violent people.

"We try to keep very good track of him. We think he's a catalyst for violence in the neighborhood," Bealefeld said of Fenner at the time.

Fenner was charged a few months later with attempted murder, stemming from a May 2008 shooting, and was ordered held without bond. The charges were dropped by prosecutors in August 2009, and he was released. In November, he was picked up on an assault charge and was awaiting a March 25 court date.

Ten people were gunned down in the Barclay neighborhood in 2007 alone, but the area has since emerged as one of the city's success stories. Since 2007, three people have been killed there.

Baltimore Sun reporter Arthur Hirsch contributed to this article.

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