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3 are shot after attending slain man's wake


Three people were hit by bullets fired from a speeding car in the 1800 block of N. Chester St. last night, moments after they left a wake for a man who was murdered a few days ago.

Homicide detective Albert Marcus said the drive-by shooting appeared to be in retaliation for the slaying of Brian Johnson, 21, on July 16. However, he said, none of the people shot last night JTC were believed to have had a role in the Mr. Johnson's death.

"They were friends of the [slain] man, just paying their respects," Detective Marcus said.

Dozens of people attended the wake for Mr. Johnson. "It looked like the whole 1800 block of N. Chester St. attended the wake," Detective Marcus said.

As a young man, a young woman and a teen-ager were walking together at about 9:45 p.m., a red Ford Escort and a white Honda Accord sped down North Chester Street. When the cars came abreast of the three, a gunman in one of the vehicles fired several rounds from a .380 semi-automatic handgun, police said.

Shot in the legs were Xavier Byrd, 20, of the 1000 block of MacAleer Court, and Sharnetta Edmonds, 19, of the 1700 block of E. North Ave. Shot in the ankle was Tyrone Fuqua, 16, of the 3600 block of Fairview Ave.

None of the wounds were life-threatening and each was expected to be released from Johns Hopkins Hospital today, Detective Marcus said.

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