A 4-year-old girl was shot yesterday as she walked with her mother to a friend's house in East Baltimore, police said.
Three other people also were shot yesterday in the city, police reported.
Eastern District police said Terrika Johnson, of the 700 block of E. Biddle St., was walking with her mother, Amanda Jacobs, 24. Ms. Jacobs also had a 2-year-old daughter and a friend's child in tow.
They were standing at Biddle Street and Greenmount Avenue, two blocks north of the Maryland Penitentiary, about 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, 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.
The intended holdup victim began shooting at the two men, one of whom returned the fire.
Terrika was shot in the back and she ducked to the pavement, police said. Her mother and the two other children were not hit.
"I didn't know it, she didn't know it until she got up and I saw blood on the back of her jacket," Ms. Jacobs said today. "Then I knew she had been shot."
Seconds after the shooting, police said, two vehicles, one of them a state Division of Correction van, collided near the intersection as the drivers tried to avoid being hit by the bullets.
In the confusion, the two men drove off in the white car and the intended holdup victim ran.
Ms. Jacobs said Terrika was taken to Mercy Medical Center by a car that was stopped by the friend that she was going to visit. Terrika was released about 2 a.m. today after treatment. Ms. Jacobs said the bullet was still lodged behind Terrika's lung and would be removed in about a month.
No arrests have been made.
In another shooting incident, police said two men and a woman were shot last night in the 4900 block of Cordelia Ave., in the city's Pimlico section.
When officers arrived at 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, police reported.
Both victims were taken by ambulance to Liberty Medical Center, where Mr. Walker was treated for a gunshot wound of the left elbow and Ms. Walters for a bullet wound in a toe. Both were later released.
Police said a third 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 in the stomach.
Mr. Smith, who had rented the car, was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition today.
Police said all three victims were reportedly near or in the car when two men, at least one of them armed with a handgun, approached and opened fire.
Police said Mr. Smith fled around the corner to Garrison Avenue, where he entered a house and collapsed on the floor.
The gunman and his accomplice escaped.