West-side gunman's stray bullets wound three girls, ages 7, 8 and 12

July 20, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Three girls, ages 7, 8 and 12, suffered minor wounds last night when they were hit by stray bullets as a gunman chased a man near the 1600 block of N. Gilmor St. in West Baltimore.

Latoria Bowman, 12, of the 1600 block of N. Gilmor St. suffered a graze wound to the back, said police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe. Tanasha Warren, 8, of the 2500 block of Linden Ave. suffered a graze wound to the chest, Monroe said. The youngest victim, Cadeja Carter, 7, of the 1700 block of Mount St. was shot in the right leg.

The three girls were treated at University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

Also injured in the gunfire was Tony Watson, 22, of the 1600 block of N. Gilmor St. and Gernay Holley, 34, of the same address, Monroe said.

Watson was shot under one of his arms and in a wrist, and had an abrasion to his head from an earlier altercation, Monroe said. Holley was grazed in an ear. Both men were treated at the medical center and released.

Watson, Holley and Latoria are related, though authorities aren't sure how, Monroe said.

Watson was arguing with an unidentified woman about 8:30 p.m. when a man approached and began firing. Police believe Watson was the intended target, said police spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella.

No arrests had been made last night.

"The suspect approached from an unknown location and began shooting," Averella said. "The 22-year-old man ran, and the suspect continued chasing him ... and subsequently shot four other bystanders."

The shooting of the girls marks the second time this week that children have been caught in the line of gunfire intended for someone else. Monday night, 10-year-old Tevin Montrel Davis was shot in the neck as he sat on the front steps of his rowhouse with his father, Rodney Harden.

Tevin is listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

"It's certainly a concern of the Police Department," Averella said last night. "It's a tragedy when anyone is shot on the streets of Baltimore, particularly when it involves our youth."

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