A pair of fatal shootings late last night took Baltimore's homicide death toll to 176 -- one more than Mayor Martin O'Malley, in aiming for a reduction in city homicides, had set for the entire year.
The shootings occurred about 40 minutes apart in separate areas of East Baltimore. There was no evidence the slayings were connected, but no arrests had been made and motives were unknown, police said.
About 10:45 p.m., a man identified by relatives at the scene as Reginald Tyler, about 26, of the 2900 block of Mosher St. was with a male friend in the 300 block of E. Lafayette Ave. when an unknown assailant fired as many as three shots. One hit Tyler in the upper body, but the companion was not wounded, police said.
Officers arrived to find Tyler lying dead on a grassy strip near the pavement, about 20 feet east of the intersection with Guilford Avenue -- his tennis shoes-clad feet draped over the curb near a parked car.
Police said the companion was being interviewed at police headquarters.
Shortly after the shooting, relatives and friends of Tyler arrived at the scene. One of them, identified as his sister, ran yelling and crying under the police tape in an effort to reach her dead brother, and had to be restrained and led away by police.
In the second slaying, police responding to a shooting report in the 2400 block of Jefferson St. at 11:25 p.m. found an unidentified man dead from a single wound to the head. Details were not available early today.
Anyone with information about either shooting is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.
The city recorded 256 homicides last year and 261 in 2000.