Three killed in separate city shootings

Police increasing presence after six shootings

April 17, 2010|By Michael Dresser and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

Three Baltimore men were killed and several wounded in separate shooting incidents Friday night and Saturday, police said.

The first homicide arose from a double shooting in the 4100 block of Kenshaw Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, where a gunman in one car — make and model unknown — apparently fired on two men in another vehicle that had stopped in that block, police spokesman Donny Moses said.

Gavin Campbell, 24, of the 5000 block of Challgroove Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital. Another man, also 24, was taken to Sinai, where he is in serious but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

Moses said police knew of no motive or suspects.

Police were called to the 1100 block of North Milton St. late Friday night, where they found Jamal Thomas, 30, with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Thomas was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Moses said the victim was inside Kay's Liquor Store on Milton Street when he became involved in an argument with another man. The spokesman said the argument continued outside on the street, where the shooting took place.

The unknown assailant then fled on foot, Moses said.

The third homicide occurred in the 1200 block of E. North Ave. early Saturday during a home invasion that police believe was drug-related. The victim was a 23-year-old male. No other information was available, according to Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman.

There were three other nonfatal shootings Friday night and Saturday, he said. The first was in the 3200 block of Spaulding Ave. A family was tied up in their basement during a home invasion, and one member was shot in the head after the suspect demanded money.

Guglielmi said police are pursuing a person of interest in the case.

The second shooting was in the 1500 block of Fayette St. A male's head was grazed. The third shooting was in the 1100 block of N. Eden St. A 22-year-old male was shot in the chest. He was taken to Hopkins. Police have no suspects or motive in either shooting.

Guglielmi said police are pursuing leads in the cases and say several might be drug-related. The number of police officers has been increased in and around the communities where the shootings occurred.

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