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2 men slain by gunman in Pimlico


Two men were shot to death from behind last night as they stepped into an alley in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore, city police said.

Homicide Detective Daniel Boone said there was no known witness to the 10:30 p.m. double shooting, although a man was seen running from the alley off the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave. seconds later. Neighbors told police they heard six shots.

The victims were identified by police as Andre Wallace, 24, of the 3600 block of Spaulding, and Lamont Jones, 21, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. Both were shot in the back of the head -- apparently by a lone gunman who approached them from behind -- and were found lying dead a few feet from each other, police said.

The shootings occurred a block south of Belvedere Avenue, between Park Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road -- in an area of heavy trafficking in drugs, particularly heroin, according to police.

But police noted that no sign of drugs was found at last night's shooting scene. One of the men had been carrying a bag of food, and the other a bag of clothing, Detective Boone said.

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