Girl hurt in robbery cross-fire hospitalized in good condition 10-year-old was injured by one of seven bullets fired during Pigtown theft

September 19, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 10-year-old girl shot in the leg Wednesday night as she ran from a robbery and shooting in Pigtown was listed in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Police identified her as Jessica Jones, who lives near where she was wounded in the 800 block of Reinhart St. by one of seven shots fired by a robber at Robert Edwards, 35.

Edwards, who lives in the neighborhood, was struck once in the right arm and was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said a gunman threatened Edwards about 9 p.m., reached into his pocket and took $125.

"The victim started to run, and the suspect fired at the victim as he ran down the street," Cook-Hayes said. "Ten-year-old Jessica Jones just happened to be in the way."

Police said yesterday they had not made an arrest in the shooting.

About 90 minutes later, a 14-year-old boy was hit in the left calf by a bullet in the 4000 block of Massachusetts Ave. in Southwest Baltimore.

Police said the boy, Damon Aldridge, of Southwest Baltimore was shot moments after he got out of a car.

Police said the gunman called out his name.

"As the victim answered him, the suspect fired five shots," Cook-Hayes said. Police said they knew of no motive or suspect.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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