9-year-old standing in house hit by fragment from bullet

October 10, 1991|By John Rivera

A 9-year-old boy was struck in the head by a bullet fragment yesterday as he leaned out of a second-floor window of his grandparents' West Baltimore home, police said.

Glenn Dow Jr. was released from University of Maryland Medical Center after doctors removed a fragment from a bullet from his forehead.

The Rosemont Elementary School third-grader was in the back room of the house in the 2700 block of West North Avenue because he was being punished for misbehaving and was not allowed to watch television, said his grandfather, John Jones.

At 3:55 p.m., a shot struck the outside wall of the house close to the window where Glenn was standing, Officer Gary May of the Western District said. The bullet shattered and a fragment hit Glenn.

"It just sounded like a single pow," said Ruth Jones, the boy's grandmother. "I went to see where the children were when I heard it. He met me halfway and he said, 'Granny, I think I'm shot in the head.' "

Mrs. Jones said she tried to call 911 but fainted. Mr. Jones dialed.

Officer May said there were no suspects in the shooting and no witnesses.

"He took it like a champ," Officer May said. "He's fine, he's in good shape, he's talking and laughing about it. A happy ending for once."

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