Man shot at city mall after fight with teens Stepped-on foot leads to gunfire

July 13, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Enraged at someone who stepped on his foot, a teen-ager fired five gunshots yesterday toward a group of people at the entrance to a fast-food restaurant at Mondawmin Mall, wounding a man who seconds before had pushed his 4-year-old daughter to safety.

Jonathon Houston, 29, of the 1600 block of N. Gilmor St., was shot twice in his thigh and left leg as he tried to climb into his van to escape the gunfire that erupted about 1:30 p.m.

Police arrested six teen-agers about an hour later in Druid Hill Park. One, 17-year-old Latarance Jordan of the 2800 block of Spring Hill Ave., was charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder.

Juvenile charges were pending against the five others, who range in age from 14 to 17. They were being held last night in a juvenile detention center.

Just three weeks ago, terrified shoppers dived for cover as a man ran through the mall shooting at another man with a handgun.

In yesterday's shooting, police said Mr. Houston, his daughter, Brandy, two nephews and a friend were walking into the double-door parking-lot entrance of the Mondawmin Burger King a group of six or seven teen-agers was leaving. While the two groups passed, one of the adults stepped on one of the youths' feet, police said.

Officer Edward E. Fox Jr., of the Northwestern District, said a heated argument erupted and two youths pulled out handguns.

Mr. Houston shoved his daughter into the restaurant to safety, and he and his friends ran back to their van as one of the youths opened fire, Officer Fox said. Mr. Houston was hit just as he reached the van.

The youths were spotted in the park and arrested by Northern District officers after a short chase. Two fully loaded guns -- one of them believed used in the Mondawmin shooting -- were recovered, police said.

Mr. Houston was being treated at Sinai Hospital late last night.

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