City police investigate two shootings that left 10 teen-agers wounded

August 17, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police are trying to sort through two apparently unrelated shooting incidents Sunday that left 10 teen-agers wounded and a 13-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries.

Five young people were hit by gunfire in each of the two shootings, which occurred 19 hours apart on the city's north and east sides. Police said they know of no motive, no suspects and did not know who, if anyone, were the intended targets.

The first shooting occurred minutes before 2 a.m., when police said a man pointed a gun around a corner and opened fire with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun into a group of youths in the 1700 block of N. Bond St. Five people between ages 14 and 17 were hit, most in the legs, wrists and arms.

Police identified the most seriously wounded as Raymond McCullough, 14, who was struck in the wrist. He was in good condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The second incident occurred about 9: 40 p.m. in the 800 block of Belgian Ave. in Waverly. Police said a gunman, also armed with a 9 mm handgun, opened fire on a group of young men and women on a front porch.

Victims scattered when the shots erupted. Police said five people between ages 13 and 15 were struck, most suffering wounds to their knees, arms and legs.

The most seriously injured victim in that incident is Kevin Bennett, 13, who lives in North Baltimore. Police said he was shot in the chest and back and was in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Pub Date: 8/17/99

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