Police seek two in shooting death

22-year-old second man killed in Waverly in a week

April 11, 2010|By Jessica Anderson

A 22-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Waverly just two days after a 72-year-old man was gunned down a few blocks away.

The second shooting death in a week has business owners worried about the neighborhood's efforts at revitalization.

The newest victim was chased out of a restaurant by two people and was shot in the Osprey gas station parking lot at the corner of Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

A fight erupted in the restaurant and spilled onto the street about 2 p.m. The victim was shot in the head and died in the parking lot, Guglielmi said.

Police are looking for two people, he said, but no motive has been determined.

The shooting comes just two days after Charles Bowman, a security guard at the Afro-American newspaper, was shot and killed during a robbery at the Yau Bros. carryout in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave.

"It's a shock, just 72 hours ago I was quoted [that] I thought the police were doing a fine job," said Casey Jenkins, owner of the Darker Than Blue Cafe and president of the business merchants association. However, with the second shooting this week, he said he was questioning police protection.

"Greenmount is suffering right now. The city needs to step up," he said, saying the two shootings so close together will hurt businesses and the surrounding neighborhood. He was out walking on Greenmount Avenue, speaking with other business owners after the shooting. He said Saturday is usually busy with residents as well as shoppers from other areas.

Although several businesses, including a Payless shoe store and the Lake Trout Fried Chicken were taped off behind the police line, passers-by continued shopping, occasionally stopping to look at the scene.

Jenkins said many of the 126 businesses in the association rely not only on residents, but also on those that travel into the neighborhood from the rest of the city and Baltimore County.

"I'm about to take a real hit on business," he said. "What can I say about two murders in 72 hours?"

His own restaurant has made Baltimore Magazine's Top 50 restaurant list and draws many hungry city and county residents into the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is near the off-campus area of the Johns Hopkins University and has a popular Saturday farmers' market, off East 32nd and Barclay streets.

"When it happens in broad daylight like this - it definitely scares people," said Jim Lee, manager of the Tobacco Outlet, which is in the same block as the location of Saturday's shooting.

Lee said Saturday is his best day for business and that after the shooting, he had customers "running in, crying," after the shots were fired. Since the afternoon violence, he said, it's definitely been slower.

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