Girl, 12, shot in the head by a friend Victim is in critical, unstable condition. Boy, 16, charged.

April 16, 1992|By Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott | Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers

A 12-year-old girl was shot and critically wounded last night in her high-rise apartment by a teen-age friend who had a revolver, city police said.

It was the third such shooting in the city in less than a month.

The victim, Monet Walker, of the Lexington Terrace public-housing complex in the 700 block of W. Saratoga St., was listed in critical and unstable condition today at University of Maryland Medical Center, said a hospital spokeswoman Jill Bloom.

Monet suffered a gunshot wound of the head, police said. The shot was fired about an arm's length away, police said.

The suspect was identified by police as Ira Martin, 16, of the 1400 block of N. Bond St. He was arrested at the apartment minutes after the shooting, said Homicide Detective Willie Cole.

Young Martin, a ninth-grader at Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School, was charged with attempted murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Police said Monet's 14-year-old sister also was in the apartment when the shooting occurred about 9:50 p.m. The mother of the two girls was nearby and was at the apartment within minutes of the shooting.

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