Police believe two Oct. shooting victims may be linked

Antonio Davis, 26, charged with killing Daryll Hood, 22, on Oct. 9

December 03, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Two men killed in less than an hour and found in opposite corners of the city on an October weekend night may be linked through a common robbery, police believe, and they have arrested a Randallstown man in one of the killings.

At 8:15 p.m. Oct. 9, police found 22-year-old Daryll Hood in the 4700 block of Shamrock Ave., shot in the head a block from his Parkside home. Hood was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 8:52 p.m.

Minutes before Hood died, police found 19-year-old Travis Lane with wounds in his sides and chest in an alley near Union Memorial Hospital on North Calvert Street.

Police suspected in October that the two deaths — which occurred over a violent weekend, during which five other men were killed in the city — were related, but had offered no details.

But Thursday's arrest of 26-year-old Antonio Davis in Hood's killing gives some clues as to how the two victims might be linked. Charging documents for Davis filed in District Court indicate that he and Lane were allegedly attempting to rob Hood near his home when Hood and Lane were both shot.

Although those details, provided to police by telephone tips, eyewitness accounts and ballistics evidence, sketch a picture of what happened about 8 p.m. that Saturday, some questions remain.

Though witnesses told police that Davis confessed his role in Hood's killing — telling them that he shot Hood with a 9 mm handgun during an armed robbery — it is unclear who shot Lane, called "Gucci" by friends. Police spokesman Detective Kevin Brown said two different gun casings were found at the scene of Hood's shooting, though police could not say whether they had found a second gun in the incident.

Davis, nicknamed "Tone," has been charged only in Hood's killing, along with attempted armed robbery and related gun charges.

Friends and family of both men put up Facebook memorial pages in the days after their deaths. Hood's page includes a picture of him smiling and holding a small boy. His mother, Trina Hector, told The Baltimore Sun in October that Hood had a 3-year-old son and had made plans to attend a private technical college. He had no criminal record, other than charges in 2007 of having an open container of alcohol, which were later dropped.

On a page titled "R.I.P. Travis Lane, A.K.A. Gucci" were posted pictures of a spray-painted memorial on a boarded-up house, along with pictures of the baby-faced teenager wearing striped polo shirts and posing with friends.

Lane, of the 1500 block of Tunlaw Road, faced charges in 2009 for drug possession, burglary and assault.

Davis' preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 28.

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