Three are slain in separate incidents in the city

Three people were slain in separate incidents yesterday in Baltimore -- two of them felled by gunfire within minutes of each other late last night, city police said.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., a man in his early 20s was shot in the head, shoulder and back while standing in the 700 block of N. Belnord Ave. in East Baltimore and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.


Less than five minutes later, officers responding to a reported shooting in the 900 block of Washington Blvd. found a man lying in the street bleeding from multiple bullet wounds to the head, police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his early to mid-20s, died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.


Police said a surveillance camera may have caught the killing on film.

About 1:30 a.m. yesterday, in the Southeastern District, officers responded to the 200 block of N. Highland Ave., where a man -- also described as in his 20s -- had been shot in the throat. He was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Names of yesterday's victims were not released.

Also in the Southeastern District, a few blocks from the Highland Avenue shooting scene, a 58-year-old woman was found injured late Sunday in the basement of her home in the 100 block of N. Ellwood Ave., police said.

The victim, identified as Gwendolyn Boykins, suffered injuries to her neck and head in an apparent homicide and was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

For the record

An article in Tuesday's editions about the killing of a woman in the Southeastern District incorrectly reported the woman's age. Gwendolyn Boykins was 45. The Sun regrets the error.