Twin brothers charged in downtown Block shooting

One man left in critical condition, woman shot in foot

December 01, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Police charged 20-year-old twins in a shooting at The Block, the city's hub of strip clubs on East Baltimore Street, that left one man in critical condition early Tuesday morning.

Eric Daniel and Derrick Jeffory Crawford of the 900 block of Stoddard Court are charged with attempted first-degree murder and related charges in the double shooting that occurred at about 2 a.m. The shooting was the third violent incident in the heart of the city since Saturday.

Officers were trying to control a crowd leaving clubs near City Hall and police headquarters downtown when the brothers approached a female dancer leaving one of the clubs with a man and opened fire, police said.

The man was shot in the upper chest area and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition, and the woman suffered a gunshot wound to her left foot, police said.

After receiving a description of the suspects' vehicle, plainclothes officers made a traffic stop on Martin Luther King Boulevard and took the brothers into custody. Police recovered a handgun from the vehicle.

On Saturday, a city police officer was shot and wounded as he confronted an armed man Saturday in the area of North Calvert and East Baltimore streets, and later the same day, a man was stabbed at Light Street and Lombard Street, also in the downtown area. But police said that the area remains safe.

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