Teens wounded by gunman near Douglass High School

February 10, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

Two teen-agers were shot and wounded yesterday when a gunman on a bicycle fired into a crowd waiting to enter a basketball game at Frederick Douglass High School near Mondawmin Mall.

Police Officer Fred Hannah, who was off-duty, witnessed the shooting and followed the gunman to a house in the 2000 block of Clifton Ave., where he was arrested after a brief stand-off, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman. Charges were pending.

Police said about 10 teen-agers were in the east parking lot of the West Baltimore school about 4 p.m., preparing to enter a varsity basketball game between Douglass and Northern High, when a male approached on a bicycle.

A teen shouted, "What are you looking at, man?" and the suspect pulled a handgun and fired at least four shots, police said.

"I was outside because kids were throwing snowballs," said Principal Rose Davis. "I was trying to make sure no one got hurt then I heard rapid gunfire."

Samuel Gilmore, 19, was wounded in the hip and collapsed outside the school in the 2000 block of Gwynn Falls Parkway. Tynesha Saunders, 17, shot in the left thigh, ran to a Mondawmin Mall entrance, where police found her. Both were taken to hospitals with what were described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

Neither victim attends Douglass. Gilmore, of the 2400 block of McCulloh St.. is not enrolled in school, and Saunders, of the 2800 block of Seaman Ave., is a 12th-grader at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Rosemont.

The shooting left Douglass students and parents shaken.

Antoinette Milton rushed to the school when she heard about the shooting to make sure her son, Harold Snead, was not injured.

"I just heard two people had been shot, and I said, `Please don't let that be my child,' " she said. "I just don't understand anymore. You don't want to send your child to school even though you know they need an education."

Davis said extra Baltimore school police officers would be at the school today. She said she would discuss the shooting with her 1,432 students this morning.

"I don't want my children to fear coming to school," Davis said.

Schools police Chief Leonard Hamm said crime is down at city schools this year and parents and students do not need to worry about a repeat of the shooting.

"All this was just neighborhood stuff," Hamm said. "It has nothing to do with the game or the school."

The basketball game started on schedule, and Douglass defeated Northern, 99-86, Davis said.

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