Two dead, 2 others wounded in daytime shootings

One man shot himself about a half-mile away as police search the area

April 28, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Three men were shot just off North Avenue in East Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, one of them fatally, and a fourth man shot and killed himself about half a mile away as police swarmed neighborhoods looking for suspects, according to city police.

The triple shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of N. Collington Ave., where a group of men had gathered outside a corner store. Detective Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said the men were approached by two other men who opened fire on them.

Plainclothes officers from the Violent Crime Impact Section were doing narcotics work in the area and responded to the scene, which police had marked off with lines of yellow police tape.

One man, who has not yet been identified, was shot in the head. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said a 25-year-old was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition at a local hospital. The third victim, who also is 25 years old, was also taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Two suspects were last seen running west in the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave.

Neighbors sat on their front steps and watched detectives go over the scene. Most were too afraid to give their names.

A short time later, officers with another violent crimes unit were in the area of North Wolfe and East Federal streets and came across a man who police said was acting suspiciously. Moses said he appeared to be holding something heavy, concealed in his clothing, prompting the officers to get out of their vehicles and approach him.

The man then pulled out a gun and took off running down North Chapel Street, an alley between Wolfe and Washington streets. Moses, the officer giving chase and bystanders said the man shot himself when he reached Oliver Street.

Moses said detectives don't believe the Oliver Street victim was involved in the shooting on Collington Avenue. Police have not identified any of the victims and do not know of any motives in either incident.

Four days earlier, a man and a woman were each shot in chest in the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave., which is about two blocks from the triple shooting on Collington Avenue. Both victims survived.

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