Teen injured by bullet shot through window Girl hit below eye. Man wounded in another attack dies.

January 14, 1992|By William B. Talbott and Richard Irwin | William B. Talbott and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Robert Hilson Jr. contributed to this story.

A 16-year-old girl was wounded in the face early today by a bullet shot through the bedroom window of her East Baltimore home, police said.

The victim, Rachael Walton of the 2100 block of E. Cold Spring Lane, was listed in serious but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a bullet wound just below her left eye.

Police said the shooting occurred at 4:35 a.m. as Walton was watching television in a second-floor front bedroom of her home. When she got up to change the channel, two shots came through the window and a shade that covered the window.

One bullet ricocheted off the bedroom ceiling and struck her in the face, police said. The other lodged in the ceiling.

Walton summoned a relative on the telephone, who came to the house and called a medic unit from the city Fire Department. Police are unsure whether anyone else was in the house.

Police said they had no suspects or motive for the shooting. Investigators were unsure whether the house was targeted or the shots were stray.

In another recent shooting in the area, an 18-year-old man wounded during a drive-by shooting in Perryman last month has died at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, the Harford County Sheriff's Department said today.

The victim, John W. Johnson of Havre de Grace, was with several other people outside an apartment building in the 200 block of Perrywood Court the night of Dec. 30 when a car occupied by four men drove past, a spokesman for the sheriff's department said. At least two shots were fired by an occupant of the car, which then sped off.

Johnson was wounded in the head and a second man, Sean O. Thompson, 18, also of Havre de Grace, was shot, the spokesman said.

Johnson was taken by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to Shock-Trauma, where he died Jan. 4, the sheriff's department said. Thompson was treated at a hospital and released.

A silver or gold compact car is being sought and at least one of its occupants faces a first-degree murder charge, the spokesman said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the department at 838-6600.

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