Police identify three found shot in burning home

Case remains open

July 29, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

City police released the identities of three people found shot inside a burning home in Northeast Baltimore this week.

Firefighters were called to the 4300 block of Nicholas Ave. at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, two hours after a neighbor had summoned police after hearing gunshots, and found the home engulfed in flames.

Inside, homeowner Billy Ray Lovitt, 58, and Michael Jones, 27, had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene. Tanyika Gibbs, 36, was also shot and taken to a hospital where she later died.

Police identified Gibbs as Lovitt's daughter and said Jones was a companion of hers. While Lovitt had no prior contacts with law enforcement, police said Gibbs and Jones had criminal records, and detectives were exploring whether that played a role in the killings, which remain unsolved.

Court records show Gibbs was indicted three times between 2005 and 2006 on drug-related charges, and was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but about five months suspended. Jones, meanwhile, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2008 after violating his probation on a 13-year suspended sentence for drug dealing.


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