Corner store worker shot, killed in Highlandtown

A 49-year-old Highlandtown corner store worker was shot, killed at lunchtime Friday.

A 49-year-old Highlandtown corner store employee was fatally shot at his business on Friday morning, one of two shootings reported in Southeast Baltimore.

Since Monday's unrest, which triggered the deployment of the National Guard and other additional police resources, 17 people have been shot in Baltimore, according to police.

The fatal shooting occurred in the 300 block of S. Highland Ave. at the Mini Market Deli and Grocery, at about 11:30 a.m. By night, a small memorial had been set up outside the store with roses and candles. The victim's name was not confirmed by police Friday.

"He was a good guy, man," said Danny Lopez, 28, who rented a home from the victim. "He was taking care of his neighborhood."

Ted Narivanchik, 42, drove up to the store and friend Conrad Bolds got out and lit the candles.

"He was a good dude. He didn't deserve it," Narivanchik said.

Police said they were looking for at least two suspects, but did not release detailed descriptions. Anyone with information was asked to call homicide at 410-396-2100.

At 7:20 p.m., in the 400 block of N. Streeper St. in nearby McElderry Park, a 28-year-old man was shot in the arm and lower back. At the scene, neighbors said they had seen less police since the heightened response to protests.

"It drew them all over to the west side," said Andrew Smith, 32. "They're normally around here."

jfenton@baltsun.com

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