Girl, 9, man wounded as two rival gangs trade gunfire

April 15, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 9-year-old girl watching television in her home and a male pedestrian were shot last night when members of two rival gangs fired semiautomatic handguns at each other on an East Baltimore street, a police spokesman said.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., the spokesman, said the girl was shot once in the middle of her back and was in serious but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the man, whose condition was not available, was being treated for arm and leg wounds.

The names of the victims were not available, Weinhold said.

About 10 p.m., he said, members of the rival gangs began shooting at each other in the 2300 block of Harford Road. A bullet pierced the window frame at 2309 and hit the girl, Weinhold said.

He said the man was shot while walking in front of 2315 and ran to 2307, where occupants took him in and called police.

Weinhold said it was not known whether the man was a target. Police were to interview him at the hospital.

Denise Bagwell, a resident of 2317, said she heard several gunshots outside her house and that a bullet passed through the window of her second-floor front bedroom.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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