Drive-by is sixth killing in Northeast Baltimore this year

February 09, 2011|By Justin Fenton and Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Police were investigating an apparent drive-by shooting Tuesday evening in Northeast Baltimore's Rosemont East neighborhood that killed a 21-year-old man.

The fatal shooting is the sixth this year in the city's Northeast District, which is one of nine districts but has seen a third of the city's homicides in 2011. The district has seen a sharp uptick in homicides in recent years, and city officials have called for police to shuffle resources and redraw district boundaries.

Most of the violence has occurred in the southern part of the district, closer to East Baltimore and Herring Run Park. Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said commanders are focusing patrol and detective efforts on robberies in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood and increasing plainclothes patrols.

Those efforts come as the district is going through a leadership shift. Longtime Maj. Delmar "Sonny" Dickson has filed retirement papers and is on leave, officials say, with the district's deputy major assuming control as a full-time replacement is determined.

Tuesday's shooting took place near the Baltimore County line, in an area where gun violence is rare.

The victim, identified as Isaiah McFadden, was waiting at a bus stop with his girlfriend on the 6600 block of Alta Ave. near the intersection with Northern Parkway, police said, when a four-door, light-colored vehicle approached and someone inside began firing a gun.

The vehicle reversed and sped from Alta Avenue onto Northern Parkway and fled east, police said. Officers were called to the scene about 6:30 p.m. and found McFadden lying in the street. The woman was uninjured.

Medical crews took McFadden to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m., police said.

Investigators had no suspects and had yet to determine a motive, Guglielmi said.

McFadden, of the 6100 block of Alta Ave., had been arrested on drug charges Feb. 2 and was due in District Court this morning for a trial, court records show.

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