Man injured in '82 shooting becomes 2010 homicide victim

Victim was shot in face, developed seizure disorder

November 22, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A gunshot wound to the face didn't kill Wilbur Street, but 28 years later the seizure disorder that he developed as a result of the injury made him Baltimore's 195th homicide victim of 2010.

Street, 52, was shot in the face on Aug. 29, 1982 in the 4700 block of Haldane Rd. in Northeast Baltimore, said Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman. A woman was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting.

Street continued to suffer seizures, but racked up a criminal record and was sent to prison himself after a 2003 assault conviction. In March of this year, he had a seizure at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland and died.

The medical examiner's office ruled that the seizure wouldn't have happened if not for the injuries he suffered in 1982, making the death a homicide. The "killing" is reflected in this year's total.

Attempts to reach Street's relatives were unsuccessful.

Each year, a handful of the city's homicide victims are people who were wounded in prior years and later die of resulting medical complications. There were 15 such victims last year, which officials said was an unusually high number.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com



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