6 shot when 2 men fire on street game

April 22, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

Two men armed with semiautomatic handguns last night fired at least 17 shots and wounded six people -- one critically -- who were playing in a street basketball game in East Baltimore, police said.

The shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of E. Lanvale St., where a group of men had set up a pole with a net to play basketball, police said.

Witnesses reported that four men in a four-door, mid-size, white car parked near the makeshift basketball court, police said. Two of the men got out of the car and immediately began firing a barrage of bullets at the players, sending them diving for cover, police said.

All of the people hit by bullets appeared to have been playing basketball. One of the injured -- Guan Randall Williams, 28, of the 4700 block of Homesdale Ave. -- was hit in right side of the chest and was in critical condition last night at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Three others were taken to Hopkins. They were identified as Damien Butler, 18, of the 1700 block of N. Montford Ave., who was wounded in his upper right thigh; James Green, 23, of the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave., wounded in the left calf; and Arthur Green, 34, of the 3700 block of Kenyon Ave., wounded in the left thigh.

Two other men -- Preston McNair, 20, of the 4700 block of Dayton Green Court, and Robert Douglas McCray, 31, of the 500 block of N. Glover St. -- were taken to Francis Scott Key Medical Center. Mr. McCray was shot in the elbow and left thigh, and Mr. McNair was shot in the right thigh and right hand, police said.

Police said the motive for the shooting was under investigation.

They asked anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 396-2100.

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