Four injured in drive-by shooting

Two teens among victims in East Baltimore incident

January 10, 2003|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

THE VICTIMS — Four people, including two teen-agers, were wounded in a drive-by shooting last night as they stood on a corner in East Baltimore.

The victims - a man, a woman, and two boys ages 15 and 17 - were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital after the attack about 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Avenue and Port Street in the Broadway East neighborhood. All were expected to survive, police said.

They were standing near each other or together in the 2300 block of E. Lafayette Ave. when a car occupied by three or four people approached and gunfire erupted from the vehicle, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. No one was able to give a good description of the car or its occupants, he added.

Harris said at least a dozen shots from one or two large-caliber semiautomatic handguns were fired at the group, hitting the woman in the left leg, chest and upper body. The man and both teen-agers were shot in a leg - one of the youths apparently was hit as he was running away in the 1700 block of N. Port St. and the car continued south on Port past him, Harris said.

Three victims were taken to the hospital by ambulances. The teen shot on Port Street showed up at the hospital several minutes later. "He probably got a ride to the hospital, because it's too far to walk with a bullet wound in the leg," Harris said.

He said the woman was in serious condition, but the conditions of the others were not known.

The shooting scene - littered with more than a dozen spent shell casings - was near a makeshift memorial, apparently for an 18-year-old who was fatally shot there a year ago.

Anyone with information about last night's shooting is asked to call the Eastern District's criminal investigation division at 410-396-2433.

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