2 hit by gunfire officer shoots, captures suspect

February 26, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A police officer shot and captured a man suspected of firing at least 30 bullets from a semiautomatic weapon and wounding two people on an East Baltimore street yesterday.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said Officer John Carroll was in the 1400 block of N. Milton Ave. about 4 p.m. when he saw a gunman fire at Anthony Brooks, 22, who was hit in the left leg, left arm and buttocks. One bullet struck a female bystanderin the leg, Weinhold said.

Weinhold said the gunman spotted Carroll and ran to the 1400 block of N. Rose St., where the officer ordered him several times to drop the weapon and surrender. When the gunman refused, Carroll shot him in the leg, Weinhold said.

The wounded gunman continued to run, throwing the weapon over a cinder block wall. But Carroll, 27, caught him, Weinhold said.

Police recovered a Tech-9 semiautomatic assault pistol and at least 30 spent shell casings at Hoffman Street and Milton Avenue.

The victims -- Brooks, of the 2600 block of E. Chase St., and Mary Ball, 44, of the 2300 block of E. Preston St. -- and a suspect were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Brooks was treated and released, said a hospital spokeswoman, and Ball's condition was not available.

The 18-year-old suspect will be charged with two counts of attempted murder and handgun violations after his release from the hospital, Weinhold said.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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