Man who went on shooting spree in South Baltimore convicted

Darnell Sewell, 25, of Glen Burnie faces six life sentences

April 25, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

A Glen Burnie man who claimed to be a former member of the Bloods gang was convicted Thursday of six counts of attempted first-degree murder for a five-day shooting spree in 2011, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office said.

Three people were wounded in the spree, which took place in the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay neighborhoods in Baltimore. Darnell Sewell, 25, faces a maximum sentence of more than six life terms.

The incidents began when Sewell fired a gun into the air repeatedly outside the crowded Brooklyn Bar in the 700 block of East Patapsco Avenue about midnight July 9, 2011, according to prosecutors. No one was injured in that incident, but the bar's owner and patrons fled to the back of the building for safety.

A couple of hours later, Sewell shot a man walking with his fiancee in the 3800 block of 8th Street, a jury concluded. A half-hour after that, he fired at least 10 rounds at three people in a moving car, striking one of them in the hand.

Several days later, Sewell was walking with two other people in the 1000 block of East Patapsco Avenue when he pulled out the same 9 mm handgun used in the other shootings and shot a man in the chest. That man ran away and got on a bus to a hospital, where he was treated.

Sewell told police the shootings were a result of an internal dispute among the Bloods and that he was a former member, but denied involvement.

Prosecutors argued six people could have easily been killed.

"You don't get credit for missing, " prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah said during closing arguments, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

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