Weekend shootings wound 2 children 1 victim's brother sought as suspect

March 01, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Two children received serious gunshot wounds in unrelated weekend incidents in Baltimore -- one of them a 12-year-old girl allegedly shot by her teen-age brother Saturday night, police said.

In the latest incident, police said, a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded by an older youth in an eastside rowhouse yesterday afternoon.

The victim, Morris Sanders, was shot once in the back in his home in the 1700 block of Federal St., and was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

A 15-year-old suspect was being questioned by homicide detectives last night. Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman, said the youth was carrying a .357 magnum handgun when he was arrested in the 1900 block of Broadway about 15 minutes after the shooting.

The girl wounded in Saturday's incident, Samantha Newman, was listed in serious condition yesterday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after surgery overnight.

Police said they did not know yesterday whether the shooting in the family's home in the 1300 block of N. Carey St. was accidental. Samantha's 16-year-old brother was still being sought last night.

Sgt. Gerard G. DeManss, of the city's Western District, said Samantha and her brother were in a third-floor bedroom, possibly playing with a handgun, about 6 p.m. What exactly happened was unclear.

"Samantha told the investigating officer that her brother pointed the gun at her and the gun discharged," Sergeant DeManss said. "That's all we have right now."

Samantha was wounded in the left side by a .22-caliber bullet, police said.

Agent Price said there were several bullet holes in the door of the bedroom where Samantha was wounded, but their origin was unknown.

"There are still a number of questions to be answered," he said. "The answers we are getting from people are not consistent with our investigation."

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