One shooting victim critical, two others treated and released; Police know of no motive for unidentified gunman who shot from close range


One of three men shot in West Baltimore late Saturday remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night, while the two others were treated and released from the hospital early yesterday, police said.

The three men were shot while sitting on the steps of a house in the 2300 block of Division St. about 10: 30 p.m., when an unidentified man approached and began firing a handgun at close range, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a Baltimore police spokeswoman.

After the gunman began shooting, the three men tried to run, but the assailant continued to fire as the men collapsed, Cook-Hayes said.

The gunman fled on foot and is at large, she said.

Police initially said, and The Sun reported in yesterday's late edition, that one man died and at least four others were wounded in the shooting. Police revised the account yesterday, as more details became available.

The man with the worst injuries, Alphonso Jones, 22, of the 500 block of E. Preston St., was in critical condition, said Cook-Hayes.

She identified the other two men as Troy Smith, 28, of the 3000 block of Belmont Ave., and Earl Hemby, also 28, of the 6600 block of Aquarius Court. Both were treated for gunshot wounds and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police knew of no motive for the shooting, Cook-Hayes said.

Pub Date: 10/11/99

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