Suspect in inadvertent shooting of 9-year-old girl is found dead

November 21, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A man who police believe accidentally shot a 9-year-old girl Saturday during a shootout with another man in West Baltimore later was found dead in a vacant rowhouse, authorities said yesterday.

Detectives were searching yesterday for a 31-year-old man who they believe was involved in a gunbattle with Haywood Young, 35, of no fixed address, who was found dead in the rowhouse.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said Jerome Richards, 31, known as "Rommie," of the 1300 block of Stockton St., and Mr. Young exchanged shots about 11:40 a.m. in the 1400 block of Riggs Ave.

The spokesman said that a bullet, apparently fired by Mr. Young, hit Rhonda Moore, 9, in the abdomen. The girl was in front of her house a block away in the 1300 block of Riggs Ave.

Police said she underwent emergency surgery Saturday night at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and was in good condition yesterday.

Police said that after the gunbattle, Mr. Young ran into a vacant rowhouse in the 1300 block of Riggs Ave. Police said a man followed Mr. Young into the house and shot him once in head.

Agent Weinhold did not elaborate on the motive or how police learned of a suspect. Mr. Richards was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder.

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