An Annapolis man was fatally shot near a public housing complex early yesterday, the city's first homicide of the new year, police said.
Authorities say they know of no motive and no suspects in the death of Eddie Lee Jenkins, 45, who had apparently been staying with friends in a Harbour House apartment, despite being banned from the city housing community.
About 3:20 a.m., Jenkins was shot in the chest as he stood in the 1000 block of Madison St., which is about a block away from his temporary address, said Officer Carl Bouie, a city police spokesman. Police found several fresh shell casings in the street, Bouie said.
Jenkins tried to get help from another friend living in a nearby apartment, police said. Residents of another Harbour House apartment called 911 to report that a man with gunshot wounds was lying on their couch, Bouie said.
Few residing in that apartment building wanted to talk about yesterday's incident, though resident Pearl Gross said that she heard five gunshots and then a commotion as Jenkins burst through the lobby door, looking for help.
"He ran into the hallway, calling the lady's name downstairs," said Gross, who said that throngs of police and paramedics arrived shortly thereafter.
Bouie said he did not know how many times Jenkins had been hit. The victim was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities would not speculate yesterday as to a motive, though police spokesman Hal Dalton said that the Eastport section of Annapolis where Jenkins was shot has a history of illegal drug activity.
Jenkins was one of a few hundred people who have been banned from Annapolis public housing by the city's housing authority, Dalton added. He was not sure why Jenkins was on the list but said that bans can result from "anything that's ... disrupting the quality of life in the community." A spokeswoman from the Annapolis Housing Authority did not return phone calls yesterday.
Jenkins had been in trouble with the law before and had recently been arrested by city police on two occasions, police said.
According to Dalton, officers arrested Jenkins twice last spring and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. District Court records show that Jenkins was convicted on one of the charges, though it was not clear yesterday what his sentence had been.