In Baltimore City
Two men killed by gunshots while walking along street
Two men were fatally shot last night as they walked together along a street in Northwest Baltimore, police said.
Homicide Detective Gary Niedermeier said there was no evidence that the men were shot during a robbery. "It appears they were targeted by someone who wanted them dead," he said.
The victims - Vincent Lee Wright, 25, and Landeth Bowser, 20, both of the 3800 block of Bonner Road - were shot shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of Lucille Ave., a few yards from Frank's Carryout at Lucille Avenue and Reisterstown Road in the Central Park Heights community. At least one assailant opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun. Each man was hit several times in the upper body, Niedermeier said.
Wright was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bowser died a short time later at Sinai Hospital, the detective said. The shootings brought the city's homicide toll this year to 278, seven more than for all of last year, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Niedermeier or Detective Ronald Ciraolo at 410-396-2100.
St. Ignatius to hold interfaith service tonight
A New Year's Eve interfaith service will begin at 8 o'clock this evening at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Calvert and Madison streets.
The Rev. Angela Gibbs, pastor of Wayside Baptist Church, will preach at the service. Others who are to take part include the Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral; the Rev. P. Kingsley Smith, an Episcopal church rector; civic leader Walter Sondheim; Mayor Martin O'Malley; and City Council President Sheila Dixon.
The 12th annual service will include groups representing a variety of professions. The service is free. Reservations: 410-727-3848.
Ice rink to hold New Year's event today
The Baltimore Ice Rink at Harbor Point will hold New Year's Eve on Ice today from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The event includes a skating exhibition, unlimited skating, party favors and a view of the nearby fireworks display at midnight.
Admission for the evening is $20 for adults and $15 for children younger than age 12. Information: 877-BALTIMORE or www.promotionandarts.com. To confirm weather and skating conditions, call the rink at 410-522-3213.
In Baltimore County
Prayer service today for tsunami victims
CARNEY - The Baltimore County Muslim Council is supporting a prayer service for victims of the Asian tsunami disaster, beginning with prayer at 1:15 p.m. today at An-Nur Mosque, 10012 Harford Road.
The sermon at 1:30 p.m. will be "Disaster and Mankind" by Imam Majdalawi, followed at 1:50 p.m. by a prayer service for victims of the tsunamis.
The program is open to all. Information: 410-882-2257 or 410-241-1670.
Volunteers sought for schools program
TOWSON - Baltimore County Volunteers and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program are seeking volunteers to help with Project Attend, a program of the county school system aimed at boosting school attendance.
Volunteers will attend evening meetings to give students and their families program information. Volunteers will also make calls from their homes to schools and families for about an hour in the mornings. Training will be provided.
Information: Pat Boyett, 410-887-2715.