Two children injured in Southwest Baltimore shooting

October 16, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Two young children were shot and wounded in Southwest Baltimore as their father picked them up at their aunt's house and put them into his truck Sunday night, city police said.

The father, Michael Gilyard, was arrested on an unrelated warrant charging him with assault and a handgun offense, which police learned of after questioning him at St. Agnes HealthCare about the shooting, they said.

Gilyard, 24, told detectives that he was putting his children into his GMC Yukon about 10:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Mount Holly St. when two men approached and opened fire, police said.

He said he got behind the wheel of his truck and drove to a cousin's house, where he put the children in a car for the cousin to drive them to St. Agnes.

Shakera Gilyard, 4, was wounded in the left arm and transferred to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she remained yesterday. Michael Gilyard Jr., 2, was released from St. Agnes after treatment for a wound to the back.

Gilyard, of the 1800 block of Penrose Ave., was in custody last night, held in lieu of $75,000 bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2488.

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