6-year-old victim of street shooting Boy wounded while walking to the store with his grandmother

July 01, 1996|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

A gunman shot a 6-year-old boy twice in West Baltimore yesterday evening before catching up with his intended victim and shooting him too, police said.

Both the unidentified boy and the other victim, an 18-year-old man, were in stable condition last night at area hospitals, said Detective Blane Vucci of the city's Violent Crime Task Force.

The police have a suspect but Vucci declined to release other details or suggest a motive for the shooting.

"It's a high-drug area," Vucci said, "but I don't want to speculate."

Vucci said the incident began about 7: 45 p.m. as the alleged gunman was on the northeast corner of West Baltimore and Stricker streets.

According to Vucci, witnesses said the gunman called out to the 18-year-old man, "What's up?" As the man looked up, the suspect began shooting.

He missed the man but hit the 6-year-old boy who was walking with his grandmother on the 1500 block of W. Baltimore St., heading toward a store on Stricker, Vucci said.

The boy was grazed on the left side of his head, about an inch above his ear, and hit in the left arm.

The gunman then chased the 18-year-old for more than a block, ultimately shooting him in the back in the 200 block of South Stricker, Vucci said.

Then, the gunman fled to the corner of Carey and Hollins streets, where he punched a teen-ager in the face and stole the teen's bicycle, Vucci said.

Pub Date: 7/01/96

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