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Man killed, 2 hurt in 3 shootings Slaying of an unidentified man on Brooks Lane is the 152nd in the city so far this year.


One man was killed and two teen-agers were wounded early today in three separate shootings, city police said.

Baltimore police were seeking the identity of the man, believed to be in his 30s, who was found with a bullet wound in the back of his head about 3:30 a.m. Officers, responding to a report of a single gunshot in the 900 block of Brooks Lane in North Baltimore, found the man slumped over the hood of a car.

The victim was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where he died at 6:15 a.m., police said.

Investigators said the man had no identification on him. He was ** wearing purple high-top tennis shoes, shorts and a T-shirt.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and fingerprinting.

Police said they have no suspects and were trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

The man was the city's the 152nd slaying victim so far this year, compared with 145 by this date last year.

City police said the two other shootings occurred minutes apart. Neither was fatal to the victims -- a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man -- but both were in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said the girl, Lorisa Bruce, of the 1100 block of Brentwood Ave., was not the intended victim of the gunman.

Miss Bruce was shot just four blocks from where 3-year-old Andre Antonio Dorsey was killed in a shooting last Wednesday night.

About 12:30 a.m., the victim was walking with friends in the 600 block of E. Chase St. toward a store when a youth armed with a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle stepped out from an alley and fired a shot into the crowd, police said.

The armed teen-ager ran away immediately.

Homicide Detective Dave Brown said an unidentified teen-ager walking with Miss Bruce and the others was the gunman's

intended target.

The shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute, Detective Brown said.

The detective said the bullet that struck the girl entered her right shoulder and became lodged in her chest.

She was in critical but stable condition at Hopkins.

Detective Brown said information from witnesses led to the arrest of a 15-year-old boy at his mother's home in the 600 block of E. Biddle Street.

The boy told police where they could find the rifle used to shoot the Bruce girl.

In the back yard of a house in the 1100 block of Brentwood Ave. police recovered a .22-caliber rifle with a sawed-off stock, Detective Brown said.

The rifle was lying on a chair.

The suspect was held overnight at the Eastern police station pending the filing of juvenile petitions charging delinquency for assault with intent to kill.

The suspect in the shooting of the 18-year-old man remained at large today.

Police said the shooting occurred after an argument over a basketball during a game at the Collington Community Recreation Center in the 1400 block of N. Patterson Park Ave.

Shaun Bennett, of the 1500 block of N. Patterson Park Ave., was wounded by a 15-year-old boy who remains at large, police said.

Homicide detective Rick James said Mr. Bennett and the suspect were arguing over the basketball shortly before 12:30 a.m. when the 15-year-old pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the back.

"Instead of shooting baskets," said Detective James, "people are shooting each other."

Mr. Bennett was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Shortly after the teen-ager fled, police received information about who he is.

Officers went to his home in the 1800 block of Federal St.

A search of the house was unsuccessful.

Police said the youth faces juvenile charges of attempted murder.

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