Gunman sprays church with bullets 4 injured

January 10, 1992|By John Rivera t

A gunman fired dozens of rounds of automatic gunfire from a West Baltimore street corner last night, injuring two women in a church full of worshipers, a pedestrian and a woman who was driving by.

Western District vice officers in the area heard the gunfire at 9:25 p.m. and went to Mount Nebo Holy Church in the 1700 block of West Baltimore Street, where they found two women had been shot.

When the gunfire began, May Newman, 48, of the 200 block of North Broadway, was opening the church door, and Francis Clark, 23, of the 1600 block of West Fayette Street, was walking in for a service.

Ms. Newman was hit in the right ankle and left shoulder. Ms. Clark was hit in the right arm and the left ankle. Police said they were in good condition at University of Maryland Medical Center last night.

A witness told police she saw a man dressed in black shooting toward the church from across West Baltimore Street.

The two other shooting victims had already left to get medical treatment when the police arrived.

Clarence Woodley, 17, of the 1600 block of West Baltimore Street, told police he was walking west on West Baltimore Street when he heard the shots and hit the ground. When he got up, he realized he had been hit and ran three blocks to Bon Secours Hospital, where he was being treated last night for a wound to his left forearm.

Dana Holt, 22, of the 4100 block of Barrington Road, was driving past the church when she was hit in the left leg. She went on to Sinai Hospital, officers said, where she was being treated last night.

Police, who had no suspects last night, said they did not know what the gunman's target was but that they did not think it was the church.

Church officials said last night that they did not want to talk about the shooting.

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