Girl, 2 1/2 , hit by stray bullet in Laurel

September 02, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A 2 1/2 -year-old girl was shot last night when a stray bullet fired from a nearby quarry passed through a sliding glass door of her babysitter's Laurel home and struck her in the right leg, Anne Arundel County police said.

Katie Ellsworth was listed in fair condition last night at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center with a broken right leg, police said. The bullet remained lodged in her right calf, police said.

Investigators combed the quarry behind the home, in the 3500 block of Rippling Way, but were unable to locate the person who fired the shot, said Officer Randy Bell, a county police spokesman.

"Shooting goes on regularly at the quarry, which is about a quarter to three quarters of a mile away from the house," Officer Bell said. "At this point, we're assuming it was a stray bullet that just happened to find its way into the home."

Katie, whose home address was not available, was sitting at a dining room table about 7:30 p.m. when she was hit by the bullet.

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