Dispute over double-parking ends with fatal shooting of male passenger


With a 9-year-old girl sitting in the back seat and her mother at the steering wheel, a male passenger in an automobile was shot to death through a window yesterday - the apparent result of a dispute over double-parking in West Baltimore, city police said.

Investigators were still unraveling details last night, but homicide Detective Vernon Parker said the violence occurred after heated words were exchanged about 3:30 p.m. between the driver of a silver Honda Accord and the passenger of a Toyota Avalon about the latter car being double-parked.

Both vehicles left an unknown location on the west side and met up again about 30 minutes later when the Toyota was stopped in the 400 block of N. Schroeder St.

The driver of the Honda blocked the other vehicle's path, got out of his car and approached armed with a handgun, Parker said. As the driver of the Toyota was backing up, the gunman fired shots at point-blank range through the closed front passenger window of the car, striking Bernard Thomas, 23, in the chest, the detective said. The gunman drove off in the Honda, which had a temporary license tag, he said.

Neither the Toyota's driver or her daughter was hurt. Their names were not divulged.

With Thomas bleeding and slumped in the front seat, the driver sped to the 300 block of W. Mulberry St., where she spotted a Housing Authority Police building and flagged down an officer. who summoned an ambulance.

Thomas, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St., died moments later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call Parker at 410-396-2100.

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