Cab driver shot Tuesday dies; police seek clues in 3 other fatal shootings


A taxi driver who was shot in his cab late Tuesday next to Forest Park Municipal Golf Course in Northwest Baltimore died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being removed from life-support systems, police said.

Homicide Detective Gordon Carew said Robert Michael Young, 32, of the 700 block of E. 34th St. in Waverly, was shot once in the head about 11: 55 p.m.

An area resident who heard a gunshot found Young in the front seat of his Diamond cab, parked on Howard Park Avenue next to the golf course, Carew said.

No arrest has been made in the cabbie's death, and a motive for the slaying was not known, Carew said.

City police were investigating the slayings of three other people shot in apparently unrelated incidents on Wednesday.

In another case, police found yesterday morning the decomposed body of an unidentified man inside a vacant rowhouse in the 800 block of Jack St. in Brooklyn. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The first of Wednesday's homicides was discovered shortly after 4 a.m., with the report of a brush fire near the southern edge of Leakin Park, off the 3700 block of Flowerton Road in West Baltimore. Firefighters extinguished the small fire and found the body of a man in his late teens or early 20s.

Police Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by shooting. The unidentified victim had been shot several times.

Police did not release other information about the shooting, and though the body was found early Wednesday, authorities did not make the incident public until yesterday.

Information about the other two slayings -- both on the city's east side -- was equally sketchy.

Police said a man they have not been able to identify was fatally shot about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 2300 block of E. Preston St.

Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said he was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. No other information was available.

About 11 p.m., police said, Ronald Lee Winder Jr., 23, of the 1700 block of Darley Ave. was found in the 800 block of N. Chester St. He had been shot once in the head during an argument with another man and was found lying on his back in the street. He died later at Hopkins, police said.

Pub Date: 9/10/99

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