Shanika Day, 3, died from gunfire meant for someone else on street.


September 06, 1991|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

One of two suspects in the Aug. 17 shooting that killed three-year-old Shanika "Nik Nik" Day has been arrested by Baltimore police.

Edward Pierre Bland, 21, of the 3400 block of Springdale Ave., was arrested without incident yesterday in the 2900 block of Garrison Boulevard, police said. He was unarmed.

News of the arrest was withheld for 24 hours in the hope that a second suspect could be found. He is still at large. Bland was charged with the first-degree murders of Shanika Day, of the 1900 block Chelsea Road, and Steven Allen Cochran, 19, of the 500 block of Laurens St.

He also was charged with felony handgun counts, assault and the attempted murder of Shanika's mother, Mona Lisa McClain, 19, and Bryant Jones, 19, of the 2300 block of Allendale Road, who were wounded in the hail of bullets. Bland was being held today without bail at the District Court on Wabash Avenue awaiting a bail review.

The attack, believed to have been drug-related, began at about 11 p.m. Aug. 17, when two men fired at least 12 shots into a crowd of people in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd.

When the shooting started, police said, Cochran, who was McClain's boyfriend, picked up Shanika and tried to shield her with his body. McClain's family said he grabbed the child and ran.

Cochran was struck in the back by five shots, two of which passed through his body and into Shanika's.

Cochran was pronounced dead at the scene. Shanika died in surgery two hours later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. McClain and Jones were treated for wounds and released.

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