Robber wounds councilwoman's son

August 12, 1992|By Roger Twigg and Edward L. Heard Jr. | Roger Twigg and Edward L. Heard Jr.,Staff Writers

A Baltimore City Council member's son remained hospitalized yesterday after being shot five times when he was a bystander during a robbery attempt in East Baltimore.

City police said they had no suspects in Monday's attempted robbery and shooting of Antonio Johnson, 22, of the 1600 block of E. 31st St. His mother is Councilwoman Paula Johnson-Branch, a Democrat who represents the 2nd District.

Mrs. Johnson-Branch said that her son was lying in a hospital bed "in a lot of pain."

She said he may have been visiting a relative or a girlfriend in the area.

Mr. Johnson told police he was walking in the 1800 block of E. Lanvale St. -- in the South Clifton Park neighborhood -- about 4:30 p.m. when a gunman walked up from behind and announced a robbery.

Instead of complying with the robber's demand, Mr. Johnson started running and was shot five times in the buttocks, legs and arms, said Lt. Thomas V. Keavney of the Eastern Police District. Mr. Johnson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The councilwoman said doctors removed bullets from her son's leg and buttocks but left a bullet lodged in his pelvic region because it did not cause any internal damage. She said doctors feared they would irritate the injury if they removed the bullet.

"He was lucky. It's not as serious as it could be," the councilwoman said. "He was shot below the waist. It could have been in the chest. He could be dead."

The gunman, described by police as an 18-year-old man about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, fled after the shooting.

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