Mass shooter re­mains at large

Gun­man shot six peo­ple dur­ing a public ex­e­cu­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Justin Ge­orge

Surveil­lance footage shows four men lin­ger­ing out­side the Stop 1 Food Store in North­west Bal­ti­more on Wed­nes­day evening, obliv­i­ous to what’s about to come.

A man in a striped Adi­das jacket talks an­i­mat­edly, ges­tur­ing with his hands. A cus­tomer walks past the group and ex­changes a few words. A child sits in the pas­sen­ger seat of a hatch­back parked nearby.

Creep­ing up from the side of the build­ing comes a man in a hoodie. He fires a hand­gun in quick bursts. One man, shot in the back, crum­ples to the ground. The man in the Adi­das jacket turns and runs, as do two oth­ers. The gun­man con­tin­ues spray­ing bul­lets.

Then he turns to the vic­tim bleed­ing on the ground at his feet.

He stands over him and pulls the trig­ger re­peat­edly, fir­ing the weapon un­til the vic­tim’s legs stop mov­ing.

The bru­tal shoot­ing Wed­nes­day night at the corner of Du­vall Av­enue and Gar­ri­son Boule­vard in Gar­wyn Oaks left two dead and four in­jured — the worst such at­tack in the city since eight peo­ple were wounded in late Septem­ber in East Bal­ti­more.

Five peo­ple have been killed within a half-mile ra­dius of the con­ve­nience store in three sep­a­rate shoot­ings since Nov. 15. They are among the 290 peo­ple killed in the city this year.

R. John­son owns the Right Cut, a bar­ber­shop across the street from the Stop 1 Food Store. One of the vic­tims was found bleed­ing out­side.

“You know what I call my neigh­bor­hood?” he asked. “Lit­tle Beirut. “It’s got to stop.” Bal­ti­more is on pace to cross the 300-mur­der thresh­old for the sec­ond year in a row — a sad mile­stone for a city that just five years ago saw homi­cides fall un­der 200 for the year.

The spike in killings that be­gan dur­ing the un­rest af­ter Fred­die Gray’s death last year has not waned sig­nif­i­cantly.

Po­lice have in­creased pa­trols in North­west Bal­ti­more. An en­tire class of po­lice academy cadets in blue uni­forms and khaki pants can­vassed the area Thurs­day morn­ing, look­ing for clues and hand­ing out fliers ask­ing for tips.

Po­lice said the sin­gle gun­man ran down Edge­wood Street af­ter the shoot­ing and dis­ap­peared.

De­tec­tives have no sus­pects. One wounded vic­tim re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at an area hos­pi­tal, po­lice said. Three in­jured peo­ple have been treated and re­leased.

While po­lice strug­gle to clamp down on the vi­o­lence, they are im­plor­ing the com­mu­nity to help. They be­lieve that some are shield­ing vi­o­lent crim­i­nals from ar­rest, that oth­ers have be­come too pas­sive or ap­a­thetic to help.

“This was a tar­geted in­ci­dent. It was a straight-up ex­e­cu­tion. The bad guy knew who he wanted to kill, and he did just that,” Bal­ti­more po­lice spokesman T.J. Smith said. “It’s al­most a guar­an­tee the way he went up and shot these peo­ple last night and ex­e­cuted that man last night, he ab­so­lutely will do it again, and he shouldn’t be free to walk the streets. We can’t al­low our city to be numb to some­thing like this.”

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the men killed in the shoot­ing as Davon Dozier, 23, and Troy Smoth­ers, 29. They were known as “Day Day” and “Flip,” ac­cord­ing to peo­ple who came to the corner store on Thurs­day to re­visit the in­ci­dent.

John­son said Smoth­ers was a father of three. Both men grew up nearby and lived a house apart in the 3500 block of Fairview Ave., two blocks north­east of the corner store, court records showed.

“Very nice guys,” said Mike Issa, the corner store owner. “I’ve been here 20 years. I’ve never seen them do any­thing wrong.”

Issa said he was in his back of­fice when he heard gun­fire.

Po­lice do not know much about ei­ther vic­tim. They re­cov­ered a hand­gun from one of the vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to Issa, who watched a crime scene tech­ni­cian empty the man’s pock­ets.

Rel­a­tives of the vic­tims could not be reached Thurs­day.

As de­tec­tives went in and out of the corner store and po­lice cadets went door to door in the neigh­bor­hood, friends of Flip and Day Day showed up to mourn and be­moan the vi­o­lence.

One man said he had jury duty with Flip last week. A tall man in jeans shook his head and said “I’m tired of this s— —.”

“I’m sorry about your friend,” Issa replied.

Po­lice be­lieve the shoot­ing is con­nected to at least one other re­cent shoot­ing, and could be part of a cy­cle of re­tal­i­a­tion.

Shawn Reid, 27, was shot to death in the 3000 block of Oak­field Ave. on Nov. 15. Ja­cob Hayes, 22, was shot dead in the 4000 block of Du­vall Ave. on Tues­day.

“These folks all know one an­other,” Smith said. “This is in­ter­twined. Fam­ily mem­bers know who these folks are, and Still photo from Stop 1 con­ve­nience store video of shoot­ing in North­west Bal­ti­more. we’re go­ing to con­tinue to bury these young men if we don’t col­lec­tively do some­thing about it.

“We can­not al­low the vi­o­lence to con­tinue, and al­low for re­tal­i­a­tion to con­tinue be­cause it’s only go­ing to go back and forth.”

A few hours af­ter the shoot­ing out­side the con­ve­nience store Wed­nes­day, 18-yearold Ja­mal Ste­wart was shot in the head and torso in the 3500 block of Fairview Ave. — the block where Dozier and Smoth­ers had lived.

Ste­wart was the fourth Re­nais­sance Academy stu­dent killed in the past year. City school of­fi­cials said cri­sis teams will re­spond to the school to speak with stu­dents who need help.

Sharon Green Mid­dle­ton, the city coun­cil­woman who rep­re­sents Gar­wyn Oaks, said res­i­dents on Du­vall Street have been moved by po­lice and city hous­ing of­fi­cials for their pro­tec­tion be­cause they could be tar­gets for re­tal­i­a­tion.

She said neigh­bors have cited a house there as a “nui­sance” prop­erty where drug deal­ing is sus­pected.

“It, just to me, shows the im­por­tance of a con­nec­tion be­tween hous­ing, the po­lice and the com­mu­nity — we all have to be con­nected be­cause some se­ri­ous prob­lems are hap­pen­ing,” she said. “Re­ally it’s just so sad that it comes to things like this.”

Po­lice re­leased the name of an­other man killed in a shoot­ing on Wed­nes­day. Dwayne Dorsey, 27, of the 6800 block of Stur­bridge Drive was shot in the head in the 900 block of N. Broad­way in the Gay Street neigh­bor­hood of East Bal­ti­more.

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