City shootings leave 2 men dead, 1 seriously hurt


Two Baltimore men were killed and a third seriously wounded in separate shootings Saturday evening, city police reported yesterday.

Valjene D. Austin, 22, and a companion were standing in the 1000 block of McCulloh St. at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when they were approached by two men, one of whom pulled a handgun and fired.

Mr. Austin of the 5800 block of Waycross Road in Northeast Baltimore died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. His companion, Tavon E. Roberts, 19, of the 1400 block of Argyle Ave. also suffered a head wound. He was in stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

William Moore, 26, of the 900 block of N. Bradford St. and Michael T. Dorsey, 22, of the 800 block of W. Saratoga St. were arrested and charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and handgun violations.

Four hours later, Ricardo Banks, 17, was shot in the chest during an argument in the 2500 block of E. Fairmount Ave. Mr. Banks, who lived in the 600 block of N. Montford Ave., died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. No arrests have been made.

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