Pregnant woman shot after alleged drug deal

January 07, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A West Baltimore drug dealer shot a pregnant woman in the stomach yesterday after the victim allegedly complained about a drug deal she had just completed with him, police said.

Theresa Woods, 29, of the 1000 block of Castle St. was listed in critical condition at St. Agnes Hospital last night.

Ms. Woods' wound resulted in the termination of her pregnancy by doctors, police said.

Ms. Woods was shot about 7 a.m. at the corner of Westwood Avenue and North Pulaski Street, in an area referred to as "Crack Alley" due to heavy drug activity.

According to police, Ms. Woods went to the corner to buy drugs from one of the dealers. She brought her 6-year-old son with her and ordered him to wait at a distance while she completed the deal, police said.

She allegedly bought a quantity of drugs from a man and had started walking away when she inspected the package, said Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman.

"For whatever reason, she wasn't satisfied. Whether it was because there wasn't enough or whether it was because the drugs were of unsatisfactory quality, we don't know," Agent Price said.

She returned to the dealer and began arguing with him, and moments later, he pulled out a shotgun and fired at her, Agent Price said.

Police said the 6-year-old boy was not injured.

The drug dealer fled from the corner and still had not been found last night. He faces a charge of assault -- not murder -- because the fetus was not in its third trimester of development, Agent Price said.

Detectives plan to interview Ms. Woods at some later time about the alleged drug offense. The Department of Social Services will also be advised about the incident, Agent Price said.

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