Teen-ager questioned in shooting of girl

March 15, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

An 8-year-old girl was critically injured when she was shot in the face yesterday by a 13-year-old boy as they stood in front of a West Baltimore store, police said.

The girl, whose name was not released by police, was shot once in the face with a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun about 3: 30 p.m. in front of Sunny's Food Market at Westwood Avenue and Payson Street. She was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night.

"It is unclear how he got the gun and what he was doing with it, whether it was accidental," said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman. The 13-year-old was being questioned last night by homicide detectives.

After the shooting, the youth ran with the gun to a grocery store at the corner of McKean and Westwood avenues where he gave it to a store employee to hide, police said. The employee did so and was in police custody last night, pending charges of obstruction of justice.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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