City police investigate fatal shooting of man at Inner Harbor complex

Victim found in 14th-floor apartment at Hanover Square

April 21, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police were investigating Thursday the fatal shooting of a man in a high-rise housing complex for seniors and the disabled near the Inner Harbor.

Officers were called just before 9:30 a.m. to Hanover Square, in the first block of W. Conway St. between South Charles and Hanover streets, for a report of a shooting in a 14th-floor apartment, said police spokesman Detective Kevin Brown.

The victim, believed to be in his late 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said.

Detectives were considering all possible motives, including robbery or a dispute, according to Brown. Investigators were interviewing other residents and reviewing security camera footage, and anyone with information was urged to contact police.

Brown called the shooting "an extreme abnormality" for the area and said police receive few calls from the complex.

Several residents raised concerns about security in the building, saying they needed officers present at night. Travis Lambert, 27, said he was a little "spooked" by the incident. He worried that someone could grab the door as he entered and follow him inside.

Apartment Investment and Management Co. has managed the affordable housing since 1981, and spokeswoman Cindy Duffy said Hanover Square "has a history of being a very safe environment."

The building has a key code system for entry as well as surveillance cameras, she said. "That has worked well to ensure that only authorized residents are able to access the building," Duffy said.

She expressed condolences for the family and friends of the victim. "We have been speaking with them and trying to do what we can to make this an easier time," she said.

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