Girl, 4, is shot walking home Child is wounded while walking home with her mother.

April 10, 1992|By Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki | Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers

A 4-year-old girl was shot and wounded yesterday while walking home with her mother from a grocery store in East Baltimore, police said.

Three other people were shot yesterday, police reported.

Eastern District police said Terrika Johnson of the 700 block of E. Biddle St., was walking home from a grocery store with her mother and was standing at the intersection of Biddle Street and Greenmount Avenue around 6:45 p.m. when a white car stopped behind them at Forrest and Biddle streets and two men got out.

The men, one armed with a handgun, then accosted a man walking nearby and were attempting to rob him when the man ran a few steps and pulled out a handgun, police said.

At a distance of several yards, the intended holdup victim began firing at the two men, one of whom returned fire.

Unable to seek safety from the shooting, Terrika was shot in the back and fell to the pavement, police said. Her mother was not hit.

Seconds later, police said, two vehicles, one of them a state Division of Correction van, became involved in a collision near the intersection when their drivers attempted to avoid being hit by the bullets.

In the confusion, the two men drove off in the white car and the intended holdup victim fled on foot.

Police said Terrika was taken by taxicab to Mercy Medical Center. She was listed today in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

In the city's Pimlico section, police said two men and a woman were shot last night in the 4900 block of Cordelia Ave.

Police said when officers arrived on the scene at 9:30 p.m. they found Linwood Walker, 19, of the 2500 block of Druid Park Drive, and Monica Ann Walters, 21, of the 200 block of N. Fremont Ave., seated in a rented 1989 Mitsubishi and bleeding from bullet wounds.

Both victims were taken by ambulance to Liberty Medical Center, where Mr. Walker was treated for a gunshot wound to the left elbow and Ms. Walters a bullet wound to a toe. Both were later released.

Police said a third shooting victim, Darryl Bernard Smith, in his 30s, of the 2400 block of Molton Way, was found inside a house in the 3700 block of W. Garrison Ave., bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Mr. Smith, who rented the car, was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where today he was listed in critical condition.

Police said all three victims were reportedly near or in the car when two men, at least one armed with a handgun, approached and opened fire.

Police said Mr. Smith fled the scene and ran around the corner to Garrison Avenue, where he entered a house and collapsed on the floor.

The gunman and his accomplice escaped.

Police said they had no motive for the triple shooting.

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