Gunshots kill 3 over weekend


A Mount St. Mary's College student found shot in his damaged car was among three people slain in the city this weekend, climaxing a week of gun violence in Baltimore.

The 19-year-old student, Patrick Benjamin Cawley of the 200 block of Purlington Road in Lutherville, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at one minute past midnight yesterday.

He was found in his gray 1987 Volkswagen Jetta shortly before 11 p.m. Friday after it hit two parked vehicles in the 5800 block of Clearspring Road, near the northern city line east of York Road, police said.

Homicide Detective Robert Bowman said paramedics called the police when they saw that the driver had been shot in the chest.

Detective Bowman said it was not clear whether the shooting occurred at the scene of the crash, or if the young man had driven from another location before losing consciousness.

James Cawley, the victim's father, said his son, a 1993 graduate of Loyola High School in Towson, was working this summer as a carpet installer and had left the house at 7:30 p.m. to buy a tool for his job.

Police said last night that "investigators have absolutely no leads on this case," and asked that anyone who may have seen the car or anything unusual call homicide detectives at 396-2100.

In the latest of the weekend slayings, an unidentified 34-year-old man was shot in the head while sitting in a car early yesterday with two other men in the 1300 block of North Milton Ave. in East Baltimore.

Police were searching for the two young men seen in the Toyota automobile with the victim about 1 a.m. Both fled on foot after the shooting, while the vehicle ran into the front steps of a house on the block.

The victim in the third slaying was identified as Robert Kevin Sanders, 23, of the 1100 block of N. Carey St. Police said he was shot about 9:50 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of Whatcoat St. in West Baltimore by someone who walked up to him.

Mr. Sanders ran around the corner to Stricker Street before he collapsed. He died at 5 a.m. yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

At least 21 people -- a dozen of them teen-agers -- have been shot in Baltimore since July 9.

The incidents included two triple-shootings, occurring 30 minutes apart in different sections of the city that accounted for half of the wounded teens and one of the week's six homicides.

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