4-year-old dies of wounds received in drive-by shooting Police will charge teen with murder

April 30, 1996|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A 4-year-old boy died yesterday of wounds received from a stray bullet fired in an April 21 drive-by shooting in West Baltimore, and police said they will charge a 16-year-old with murder.

Abriam Moore of the 800 block of W. Lexington St. died at the University of Maryland Medical Center about 11: 10 a.m., said his aunt, Gwendolyn Muse. The boy, who was struck in the head and chest while riding his bicycle near his home, had been unconscious since the shooting.

"It's very sad. The thing he loved most in the world was to ride his bike up and down the street, and that's when he got shot," Ms. Muse said.

Police said yesterday that they will upgrade attempted-murder charges against Bruce Herman Allen, 16, of the 900 block of Peach St. The Allen youth, who is being held without bail, will be charged this week as an adult with first-degree murder.

Investigators allege that the teen-ager was in the passenger seat of a car passing through the neighborhood when he began yelling out the window at a man on the street. The dispute may have been over a girl, police said.

The passenger leaned his upper body out the window of the moving car and started firing a handgun, police said.

The man on the street attempted to flee and ran past Abriam, who unknowingly was riding his bicycle into the line of fire. One of the bullets shattered, possibly on a light pole, and the fragments hit the boy just above the right eyebrow and in the upper chest, police said.

Doctors were able to remove part of a blood clot in the boy's brain, but he remained in a coma, Ms. Muse said.

She said the family hasn't scheduled a funeral. This evening, relatives will hold a candlelight vigil for the boy with the Rev. Willie Ray, founder of the Stop the Killing Coalition. The organization holds remembrances for victims of violent crime and rallies Baltimoreans to take a stand against crime.

The vigil will be at 5: 30 p.m. in front of Abriam's home at 821 W. Lexington St.

"We want to try to do something to stop the violence and to get the guns off the street," Ms. Muse said.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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