Man slain on West North Avenue


A gunman opened fire yesterday afternoon on a crowded West Baltimore street, killing another man and bringing the city's homicide toll well above last year's record-setting pace.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was shot five times in the head and left side about 2:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. North Ave., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name was not being released until his family was notified, police said.

Homicide detectives said they were interviewing witnesses last night but had made no arrest.

No one else was hit by the bullets, police said.

The body of the victim, who wore a Georgetown sweat shirt, jeans and tennis shoes, lay amid a crowd of about 40 onlookers as police went through his pockets, looking for identification. He wore several pieces of gold jewelry and had what appeared to be a knife and a large amount of cash in his pocket.

Residents of the area said that they didn't know the victim and that he and the gunman may have been arguing just before the shooting.

Police said the homicide is the city's 112th this year, compared with 102 at this time last year. There were a record 335 murders in 1992.

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