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Two men who shot victim on crutches 24 times, killing him, found guilty or murder

Posted at 1:25 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 16:30:26-05

BALTIMORE — Two men who police say shot another man 24 times while he was on crutches, killing him, were found guilty by a Baltimore jury, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Raekwon Thornton and Lamont Kyler were found guilty on the counts of first degree murder, conspiracy to murder, and other handgun offenses in the September 2017 murder of Tyrone Ray Jr.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, police found Ray suffering from 24 gunshot wounds and lying on he sidewalk in front of a store in the 4200 block of Nicholas Avenue, in the city’s Belair-Edison neighborhood, shortly after noon on Sept. 4, 2017. Ray was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigating detectives found shell casings at the scene that were determined to have come from two guns. Video footage obtained from the store showed two men approach Ray as he stood on crutches. After a brief conversation among the three men, Ray walks away but then returns. His two assailants then shoot Ray and flee in a white vehicle, the State's Attorney's Office said.

Additional video footage showed the two shooters leave the white vehicle and try to enter the store from the alley prior to the shooting, but upon seeing the alley was a dead end, they returned to the car and drive towards the store and Nicholas Avenue.

After Baltimore Police made clips of the footage available to the public, witnesses contacted the Homicide unit, positively identifying Thornton and Kyler, the State’s Attorney’s Office said.