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2 killed, 2 injured in 4 separate shootings


Two people were killed and two others injured in four separate shootings across Maryland this weekend, including one which a 37-year-old Pasadena man was shot and killed yesterday at a Glen Burnie apartment complex.

Anne Arundel police were searching last night for two men believed to be responsible for shooting James William Helphenstine, who died at North Arundel Hospital shortly after -- the early morning shooting yesterday.

Police were called to the 7800 block of Southampton Drive, in the Valley Brook Apartments, at 4 a.m. for a reported shooting. Witnesses told police they saw two men drive away in a white Chevrolet.

Capt. Michael P. Fitzgibbons would not say how many times Mr. Helphenstine, who lived in the 1100 block of Wharf Drive, had been shot, what caliber gun was used or where the man was wounded. The captain said police do not know if the shooting happened inside or outside the apartment building. He said police were still interviewing people yesterday, including those who drove Mr. Helphenstine to the hospital.

"Witnesses are being evasive as to what they saw," the captain )) said, adding that a motive for the slaying also is unknown.

In a separate shooting in Prince George's County Friday afternoon, police said 18-year-old Gregory Robinson of Fort Washington died of a gunshot wound to the neck. Officers arriving at the scene, a home in Suitland, were told by the resident of the house that Mr. Robinson had come there after being shot.

Police later charged the resident, identified as Lloyd Ferguson, with first-degree murder. Mr. Ferguson, also 18, was being held without bond yesterday, police said.


A 34-year-old Baltimore man wanted for allegedly stabbing two sleeping people Aug. 15 was shot in the hip by police early yesterday before he was arrested.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of S. Collington Road about 12:50 a.m. as officers tried to arrest Wayne Oxendine, said Sam Ringgold, a Baltimore police spokesman. Mr. Oxendine was wanted in the stabbings of Margaret Rhoades and Benjamin Jones, who were critically injured as they slept Aug. 15. The two were released last week from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Mr. Oxendine was shot after he began waving the jagged edge of a beer can that had been torn in half and pulled out a stick the officer believed was a sawed-off shotgun, Mr. Ringgold said. The officer, who fired two shots, was identified as Dennis Roksiewicz, a 17-year veteran of the force, and Mr. Ringgold said the officer has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation of the shooting.

Mr. Oxendine was treated for his wound at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released, then charged with assault with intent to ,, murder and assaulting two police officers.

Silver Spring

Montgomery County police were continuing to search yesterday for an unidentified man in the shooting of a 20-year-old Beltsville man Friday night. Police said Nicolas Serrano-Gonzalaz was shot in the thigh about 10:40 p.m. in front of a Silver Spring home after an argument with another man over car payments. When Mr. Serrano-Gonzalaz started to walk away, the other man shot him, police said. Mr. Serrano-Gonzalaz was listed in critical condition yesterday.

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