Warrant issued in shooting of student gfB

November 13, 1991

City police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old man in connection with the shooting last Friday of a University of Baltimore student as the student sat in his car in Bolton Hill.

Craig Robinson, whose last known address was the 3700 block of Forest Park Ave., is charged in the warrant with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, four counts of handgun violations and theft.

Mark V. Birdsell, a 29-year-old English major from Virginia, was sitting in his car at the intersection of Wilson Street and Eutaw Place when he was shot in the head by a man who tried to steal his car, police said.

Birdsell was listed in critical condition today at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Just minutes before the shooting, a man had robbed a woman of her purse at Pennsylvania Avenue and Bloom Street and was being pursued by her friends and relatives, police said.

The man had apparently lost his pursuers when he saw Birdsell sitting in his Nissan Stanza, police said. The gunman tried to move Birdsell from his seat, but Birdsell was buckled in. The man then fired one shot, striking Birdsell in the head.

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