3 teens wounded by shots from car

One female, two males not seriously hurt in Columbia incident

May 15, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Three teen-agers were wounded yesterday evening during what Howard County police said appears to be a drive-by shooting in Columbia's Wilde Lake village.

None of the teen-agers was critically hurt, said county police spokeswoman Pfc. Lisa Myers.

As of yesterday evening, Howard County police said they could not release the names of the victims because not all family members had been notified. They did say all three are Columbia residents, one an 18-year-old man, and two juveniles - a girl and a boy.

Shots were fired from a black car as it drove around the Bryant Woods apartments on Daystar Court, Myers said.

The incident may have stemmed from an earlier altercation involving the same car and group of teen-agers, Myers said.

Some witnesses said they heard six popping sounds and saw a black car speed out of the parking lot about 5 p.m. Officers were searching for that vehicle last night, Myers said.

Inez Burns, who lives in a Daystar Court apartment with her two 18-year-old sons and 15-year-old daughter, said she was cooking dinner when she heard someone banging on her door.

When she opened the door, her sons' friend, a senior at Wilde Lake High School, was lying on the front stoop, bleeding from the legs.

Other teen-agers dragged the injured 18-year-old into Burns' apartment, and the group called 911, applied cold compresses to the teen's wounded legs and tried to keep him calm, she said.

He had been shot in the left shin and right ankle and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Myers said.

Burns and other apartment residents said that, although there have been some recent problems with thefts and quality-of-life issues, they consider their neighborhood to be safe.

"This has been one of the scariest things," Burns said. "I couldn't believe it was happening. I still can't believe it."

Police said they had no information on the conditions of the other shooting victims.

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