Per­son of in­ter­est in rap­per’s death killed

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Justin Fenton tpru­dente@balt­sun.com

A man who was shot to death Mon­day af­ter­noon in West Bal­ti­more was con­sid­ered a per­son of in­ter­est in the killing of pop­u­lar lo­cal rap­per Lor Scoota, po­lice said Tues­day.

Cortez Mitchell, 22, was be­hind the wheel of a car trav­el­ing south on North Mon­roe Street on Mon­day around 4:45 p.m. when he was shot.

“He was a per­son of in­ter­est in the death of Lor Scoota,” said T.J. Smith, the Po­lice Depart­ment’s chief spokesman. “He was one of sev­eral peo­ple who were a per­son of in­ter­est.”

Scoota — real name: Tyriece Wat­son — was shot to death on June 25. Po­lice say Wat­son was stopped at a red light at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mo­ravia and Har­ford roads. They say a gun­man got out of a mini­van and opened fire. Wat­son’s ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued on and crashed into a build­ing.

Po­lice have said the rap­per was tar­geted be­cause he was as­so­ci­ated with some­one who had shot some­one else.

In August, po­lice told The Bal­ti­more Sun that they had re­cov­ered the gun used to kill Scoota, con­firmed through bal­lis­tics tests.

“We believe that there are at least two peo­ple still on the street and one in jail re­lated to the Lor Scoota mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Smith said.

Mitchell ap­peared to be the vic­tim of a sim­i­lar shoot­ing. Bul­let cas­ings and bro­ken win­dow glass lay on North Mon­roe Street near Fayette Street.

Of­fi­cers found Mitchell three blocks south, suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds in a Lexus sedan that had come to rest against a tree, its driver’s side win­dow shot out. He was taken to an area hos­pi­tal, where he died.

Po­lice re­leased the names of two other men who were shot and killed in West Bal­ti­more on Mon­day.

Morelle Booze, 29, of West Bal­ti­more was shot Mon­day af­ter­noon in Cen­tral Park Heights. Booze was shot mul­ti­ple times on the 3700 block of Beehler Ave. and died at a hos­pi­tal, po­lice said.

Ri­cardo Josey, 19, of the 1800 block of Ben­talou St. was shot and killed Mon­day night near his home in Cop­pin Heights-Ash Co-East. He was shot mul­ti­ple times on the 2300 block of Pres­bury St., po­lice said.

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