Man opens fire on street, wounding five people
Baltimore police were seeking a man who fired a handgun into a crowd of people standing on a corner in the Bridgeview-Greenlawn community in West Baltimore yesterday, injuring a man, a teenage boy and three women. A motive was not known and police did not release names of the victims. Shortly after 5 p.m., a group of people were standing in the 900 block of Wheeler Ave. near West Lafayette Avenue when a gunman approached and engaged at least one of the people in a brief conversation, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman. Monroe said the man then pulled out a handgun and fired before running off. A man was hit in the chest, and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the stomach. The three women were shot in their lower extremities. The victims were treated at the scene and taken to various hospitals, according to a Fire Department communications supervisor. Monroe said the man was in critical condition, but that the conditions of the females and the teenager were not available. Detectives in the Western District are investigating the shootings. Anyone knowing the identity of the gunman is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2477.
New Year's service to remember slain juveniles
A New Year's Day service and Eucharist to remember juveniles lost to violence in the city in 2008 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway. During the Episcopal service, the names of more than 40 juveniles who were murdered during the past year will be read. A candle for each victim will be carried from the Children of Light altar to the main altar, where it will be extinguished.
Bond hearing scheduled in drug-related shooting
A bond hearing will be held today for a Harford County man charged in a Christmas Eve shooting that police said resulted from a botched drug deal. Harford County sheriff's deputies arrested Benjamin Melvin Freeman, 23, of Edgewood late Friday in the shooting of Richard Donald Wagner, 33. Freeman was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft, reckless endangerment and a weapons violation. Authorities said that Wagner had contacted Freeman to purchase heroin Wednesday. The two men, with a third man, drove to Flying Point and Willoughby roads, where Freeman robbed Wagner of the cash he had brought to buy the drugs, then shot him as he tried to run away, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Wagner was in fair condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Baltimore County police seek two missing teens
Baltimore County police were seeking a pair of Catonsville-area teenagers who were reported missing Saturday. Police said Brandon Daniel Dell'angelo, 15, of the 2800 block of Georgia Ave. and Felecia Nicole Kramer, 18, of the 3200 block of Garden Ave. were last seen at their respective homes about noon Saturday. The boy's mother, Diane Dell'angelo, said that her son had run away from home before but that he was found in Baltimore County a few days later. When last seen, Brandon, who is a student at Lansdowne High School, was wearing dark blue jeans, an orange or green shirt, a white belt with purple trim and white shoes. The boy has black hair and blue eyes. His mother said he had little money, no credit cards and no ATM card. Kramer, a student at Catonsville Community College, has brown hair and brown eyes. An attempt to contact her family was unsuccessful. Anyone knowing the pair's whereabouts is urged to call county police at 410-307-2020.