Teen fatally shot in West Baltimore

Three others injured in two separate shootings

April 30, 2010|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Police reported few leads Friday in the fatal shooting of a teenager Thursday night on a sidewalk in a public housing complex in West Baltimore, the fourth youth killed in the city this year.

David Mitchell, 16, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after being shot at least once in the upper body in the 800 block of W. Lexington St. a few minutes after 11 p.m., according to police.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said officers responding to 911 calls for a shooting found Mitchell lying on the sidewalk at the Poe Homes public housing complex. The development is named after Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in a house on Amity Street around the corner for a short time in the 1800s.

Police said Mitchell lived about five blocks north, in the 800 block of George St., on the other side of Edmondson Avenue. That area used to be the site of the George B. Murphy Homes high-rise public housing towers, nicknamed "Murder Homes," that were demolished in 1999.

The neighborhood is now called Heritage Crossing, a 260-unit townhouse development spread over 32 acres west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Foreboding towers and crumbling rowhouses have been replaced by a community of townhouses with grassy front yards, driveways, cul-de-sacs and shared mailboxes.

Mitchell's relatives could not be located Friday, and several neighbors said they did not know him. A law enforcement source said the victim had been arrested once as a juvenile, on a trespassing charge. Police said they did not know of a motive in the shooting and had made no arrests.

The three other children killed in Baltimore this year are a 16-year-old who was shot in East Baltimore and two toddlers under the age of 2, whose deaths have led to charges against their guardians. Last year at this time, nine people in the city under the age of 18 had been killed; 15 were killed in all of 2009.

So far this year, 56 people have been killed in violence, compared with 74 at the same time last year.

Baltimore police also were investigating three other, unrelated shootings that occurred Friday. About 5 a.m., police said a man walked into Bon Secours Hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot.

About 8:30 a.m., police said two men in their 20s were shot, one in the shoulder and the other in the arm, during a neighborhood dispute in the 1300 block of Presstman St. in West Baltimore. Both victims were taken to Shock Trauma and were listed in good condition. No arrests were made.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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