Girl, 12, dies after shooting in high-rise Boy, 16, described as victim's friend, is quickly arrested.

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

A 12-year-old girl died today after being shot 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 and the second fatal shooting.

The victim, Monet Walker, of the Lexington Terrace public-housing complex in the 700 block of W. Saratoga St., died shortly after 11 a.m. at University of Maryland Medical Center, said a hospital spokeswoman Jill Bloom.

The girl suffered a gunshot wound in 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 he also will be charged with first-degree murder.

Detective Cole said the suspect told police he took the weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, and threw it into a nearby parking lot or into a trash chute near the sixth-floor apartment.

Officers searched for the gun today after workers cleared the clogged trash chute but had not found it by this afternoon.

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.

On April 4, a 12-year-old girl was shot to death as a 15-year-old boy played with a handgun in a West Baltimore rowhouse.

That victim, Janet Paula Edwards of the 1300 block of Riggs Ave., was pronounced dead shortly after she arrived at University of Maryland Medical Center.

The girl was visiting her aunt and cousins who live two doors from her on Riggs Avenue.

Police still are searching for Tyree Paige of the 1400 block of W. Franklin St. Detectives have issued warrants charging him as an adult with manslaughter and weapons violations in that shooting.

Detectives said young Paige was "showing off" with the gun when it discharged and the bullet hit the girl.

The boy gun ran from the house with the gun after the girl was wounded, police said.

On March 22, Jazz King, 15, was shot in her eye while playing a card game at her home in the 1500 block of E. Hoffman St.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with assault, possession of a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Police said the boy was playing with a handgun while the victim and some of her friends were playing cards. As the boy handled the weapon, it went off. At the time of the shooting, at least one adult was in the house. The suspect was arrested at the scene.

Police recovered the gun from the house.

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