Police survey double-shooting crime scene in the 1500 block of Shields Pl

Police survey double-shooting crime scene in the 1500 block of Shields Pl (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun / December 10, 2012)

Two men were shot Monday morning just off Pennsylvania Avenue, one of whom died Monday evening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police were called to the 600 block of Pitcher St. at about 11:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting, and found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 1500 block of Shields Place, in the Upton Courts complex, according to Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a spokesman. 

The man, who police identified Tuesday morning as Tarrell Logan of the 1600 blk of Vincent Court, later died.

Another victim, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the leg and ran about a half mile to the Shop Stop Save store in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. where he called for help.

He was expected to recover.

At the store, business continued as usual despite police having blocked off the parking lot. A crime scene photographer took pictures inside a vestibule as shoppers walked in and left with groceries.

Janice Jones, 55, has shopped at the food market for about four years and said she thinks the neighborhood has seemed a little safer over the past few years. 

“For me, just being around here six years ago, I’m not seeing too much of a difference but it has picked up a lot better (and gotten safer)," she said. "There’s no one standing on the corners anymore.”

Police also identified two men fatally shot over the weekend. Brent Nickens, 22, was killed in the 2300 block of Westwood Ave. on Friday night, and Angelo Ward, a 25-year-old, was killed Saturday afternoon in Reservoir Hill, where he lived. The shootings broke a streak of 12 straight days without a fatal shooting, rare in a city that has averaged a gun homicide every two days.

Nickens was wheelchair bound, due to injuries he suffered to his lower body in a car accident when he was 15, according to a half-brother, Joseph Nickens, who posted on his Twitter page: "What kind of person shoots and kills someone in a wheelchair?"

Joseph Nickens, a student at West Virginia University, said his brother remained upbeat despite his injuries and was popular and liked to talk to girls. 

This summer, they went to a pool party, where despite his brother's protests, Brent decided to take a trip down a water slide. 

Brent Nickens had no criminal record, though a police spokesman said drugs were recovered from his person after the shooting. "We don't have a formal motive," said Anthony Guglielmi. "We're exploring drug-related ties."

Anyone with information on any of the fatal shootings was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. 

jfenton@baltsun.com