Man critically hurt in park shooting Crowded scene draws 75 officers

June 28, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

At least 75 police officers went last night to a crowded section of Druid Hill Park where a young man had been shot and critically wounded.

The 21-year-old victim, who was not identified pending notification of relatives, was shot at least five times in the torso and head, a homicide detective said. He was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was undergoing surgery early today.

The shooting occurred on a hillside overlooking the park's swim

ming pool, which had been rented for a private party being attended by hundreds of young people.

Police said the shooting was unrelated to the party about 100 yards away, but the noise and music there and a crowd that gathered near the shooting scene prompted a call for additional officers from four of the city's nine districts.

Officers reported having difficulty reaching the scene because of hundreds of people massed on Wyman Park Drive after the gunfire erupted.

Sgt. Tom Berends, shift commander last night for the Northern District, said the crowd was not unruly and no arrests were made. "There was a couple hundred people standing in the street," he said. "They were blanketing it."

The sergeant said an off-duty police officer working a security detail at the pool heard the shots about 9:30 p.m. and ran up a small hill to the 800 block of Wyman Park Drive, where he found the victim lying on the ground.

He said detectives were interviewing several witnesses early today. Police said they did not have a suspect.

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