A Towson-based cabdriver was fatally shot in a robbery yesterday afternoon in Northeast Baltimore, and homicide detectives were questioning a man described as a "person of interest," city police said.
Residents of the Dutch Village townhouse community called 911 about 3:30 p.m. after a Jimmy's Cab vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the 7000 block of McClean Blvd., near Northern Parkway.
Officers arriving at the scene spotted a man running along East Northern Parkway a few blocks from the crash site and detained him.
Other officers arrived at the scene of the crash and found the cabdriver slumped in his seat and bleeding from a bullet wound, police said.
The driver, whose name was withheld, was rushed by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival. Police said he had been shot at least once in the upper body. It was not immediately known whether the bullet was fired from inside the vehicle.
Evidence at the scene showed that the driver, probably after he was shot, spun the vehicle nearly in a circle and struck the driver's side of a parked Ford Expedition before crossing the street and crashing into the pole, police said.
An undisclosed sum of money thought to have been taken in the robbery was found near the cab.