Bullet grazes arm of girl in car after traffic dispute

Mother had parked auto to argue with pedestrian

July 07, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 6-year-old girl's arm was grazed by a bullet after a traffic dispute that ended with gunfire on a crowded East Baltimore street Monday night, city police said yesterday.

Shy-Mierra Hope was recovering at home yesterday after having been treated at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Police said she was sitting in her mother's parked 1990 Volvo S-70 when a bullet grazed her right forearm.

The incident occurred minutes before midnight in the 2600 block of E. Fayette St. Myeshia Smith was driving the Volvo behind her husband, Dana Smith, who was driving a 1997 Ford Escort, in the direction of their Edison Highway home.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said Mr. Smith apparently came close to hitting a 16-year-old girl who was crossing near North Glover Street.

The girl shouted something to Mr. Smith, and Rowe said Mrs. Smith overheard it, stopped, got out her car and began arguing with the teen-ager.

Police said a small scuffle ensued that soon included Mr. Smith, who tried to break up the fight, and onlookers. During the fracas, Rowe said, "a gunshot was fired by an unknown suspect into the vehicle."

Rowe said investigators do not know whether the shooter was aiming at the child or shot into the car without knowing anyone was inside.

Mr. Smith, reached yesterday at his rowhouse about 20 blocks from the shooting scene, declined to comment, other than to say he had no idea who fired the gunshot.

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