1 driver killed, 1 hurt yesterday in two shootings


A 53-year-old Pikesville man on his way to work yesterday morning was shot twice and seriously wounded after stopping his car for a traffic signal on a Jones Falls Expressway ramp at West North Avenue, police said.

The shooting was one of two yesterday involving shots fired into a car.

Police said Carl P. Jacobs, driving a 1999 Toyota Solara, exited the southbound JFX at North Avenue about 9:30 a.m. and was at the end of the ramp waiting to turn right when he was shot. He was headed for work at Checks Plus in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Ave., police said.

Investigators did not know whether to classify the incident as road rage, an attempted carjacking or a random shooting. "We're not sure," said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a department spokeswoman.

Though wounded, Jacobs managed to drive to his office, where he called police and an ambulance. Cook-Hayes said Jacobs did not say whether the gunman demanded anything before shooting. No arrest has been made.

Jacobs told detectives that a dark green car pulled up next to him. A man got out of the passenger side of the car, "brandished a black revolver and fired into the victim's car," Cook-Hayes said.

He was hit in the right hand and left shoulder and was listed in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers.

Jacobs, reached through the hospital spokeswoman, declined to comment yesterday. Employees at Checks Plus also declined.

Earlier yesterday, police said, Sean Powell, 33, of the 3400 block of Dorchester Road in Ashburton was shot in the head and killed while driving in the 1800 block of Kavanaugh St. near North Fulton Ave. in West Baltimore.

Police said that a few minutes after midnight, witnesses saw Powell's 1999 Nissan swerving on Kavanaugh before hitting a rowhouse in the 1400 block of North Fulton Ave. Police said he had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they knew of no motive in the slaying.

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