Shooting in alley kills teen


A Morgan State University sophomore was shot to death and five other people were wounded early yesterday outside a Greenmount Avenue nightclub.

The student, 19-year-old Corey A. Edwards of Rochester, N.Y., was found lying in an alley outside Volcano's nightclub with gunshot wounds. He was declared dead at the scene, said Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a Baltimore police spokeswoman.

The shooting occurred about 1:45 a.m. after an argument inside the club, in the 1000 block of Greenmount Ave., between a group of four patrons and two other patrons, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Bouncers ordered all six out of the club, ushering the four out of its Dane Street alley exit and steering the two other men out the Greenmount Avenue door, police said.

The group of four was followed into the alley by the other two -- one of whom pulled out a handgun and opened fire, according to police.

Police said they recovered at least 16 bullet casings from the shots -- all of which appeared to have been fired from one gun.

Of the other victims, at least two of whom were bystanders, Jamal Kebe, 25, was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital with head, chest, arm and buttocks wounds.

Others injured were Kenneth C. Scriven, 18, who suffered a leg wound and was listed in good condition at Hopkins; Donyele S. Murray, 23, shot in her right leg and in good condition at Hopkins; April Smith, 24, released after treatment at Maryland General Hospital for a foot wound; and Eugene Horn, 25, released after treatment at Union Memorial for a wound in his left leg.

Addresses of the victims were not released by police.

Joseph Edwards, the father of the slain student, said yesterday that his son came to Baltimore because he fell in love with Morgan State's campus during a visit while in high school. He said his son had not selected a major but had a bright scholastic future.

"He was planning on pursuing graduate studies," Mr. Edwards said in a telephone interview from his Rochester home. "His ultimate goal was to become a professor. That was his aspiration." The son, who lived on the Morgan campus, died 20 days before his 20th birthday.

Yesterday afternoon, bloodstains remained on the sidewalk in front of the club and in the alley. Some area residents said the club has been a source of trouble in the Johnson Square community because it attracts young adults, including scantily clad women, to dance and to watch shows featuring exotic male and female dancers.

Willie Gillyard, who lives at the nearby Christopher Place shelter, said the sound of gunfire is not unusual. "You hear gunshots around here every night," he said, "but multiple shots were fired this time."

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