Separate shootings leave three dead in East Baltimore


Three people were slain in three separate shootings in East Baltimore yesterday, including one in which two men armed with 9mm pistols fired more than 25 shots on a street crowded with children, police said.

Detectives said that, amazingly, none of the children -- many of whom had just gotten off a school bus -- was struck by the bullets fired in the 1700 block of E. Preston St. But Jessie Waller, 23, who lives in the 1700 block, was shot twice in the back, police said.

He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Another victim, Antoine Little, 22, of the 3300 block of Ingleside Ave., was treated and released at Johns Hopkins for numerous shots in the leg.

Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 2:45 p.m., as children returned home and while many residents sat on their porches. At least a dozen people dove for cover when the men opened fire, police said.

The gunmen, who drove off in a bronze-colored Nissan Maxima or Toyota Cressida, were still on the run, detectives said last night.

* Another shooting was reported about 9:46 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ashland Ave., where police found a woman -- whose age and identity weren't released -- lying dead on the sidewalk from at least one gunshot to the chest.

The woman was shot about 30 yards away from a corner sign saying, "Lawbreaker beware -- This community protected by neighborhood block watchers."

* Four minutes later, police got a call for shots fired behind Thomas G. Hayes Elementary in the 500 block of N. Central Ave. They found a young man's body behind the school.

Detectives said the victim might have been chased to the back of the school from a nearby street and shot. He appeared to have been shot in the head or upper body, police said.

Police said they knew of no motive for any of the shootings and had no suspects.

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