Gunmen spray crowd on street, wound five


A group of 15 to 20 men sprayed gunfire into a crowd of about 200 people at West Fayette and North Eutaw streets early yesterday, sending them screaming and running in all directions, Baltimore police reported.

Five people were left in the street, wounded and bleeding.

Police identified the victims as Rahman Mureil, 22, of New York City, and William Miles, 21, of the 2200 block of W. Baltimore St., both with multiple gunshot wounds; Dante Hawkins, 19, of the 2100 block of W. Baltimore St., shot in the leg; and two West Baltimore girls, 16 and 17, both shot in the knees. Police would not release the teen-agers' names.

Mr. Mureil and Mr. Miles were listed in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The other victims were in good condition, said Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman.

Little was known about the shooting yesterday, Officer Tapp-Harper said. She said police didn't know who the gunmen were or why they fired into the crowd, apparently at random.

Police said they have recovered a .38-caliber revolver from the scene. The intersection is a favorite youth hangout, a place to go and socialize after the bars close, they said.

The shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m.

It was the second shooting incident in that part of the city in the last week. On June 27, Officer Tapp-Harper said, two Baltimore men were wounded near Lexington Market about 4 a.m., when a gunman apparently opened fire on them while they were seated in a parked car at Lexington and Eutaw streets.

Although no victims of or witnesses to yesterday's shootings could be reached for comment, the blood tells a tale.

Down the block from Lexington Market, at the spot where police say the crowd was gathered when the gunfire broke out, there's a spot on the pavement, darkened and dry.

It begins a trail that maps where at least one victim was hit by a bullet and ran.

The blood leads across the street and to the front of a boarded-up theater, where bloody footprints mark the sidewalk.

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