Arundel Digest


December 24, 2003

Annapolis police investigate pair of nonfatal shootings

Annapolis police were investigating yesterday two shootings that occurred within minutes of each other Monday night.

About 8:30 p.m., three gunmen approached Michael Ramon Butler as he sat in his car in front of his home in the 900 block of President St., police said. Butler told them he didn't have money and drove away. He heard a loud sound and realized he had been shot in the upper back.

He called police from his cellular phone and was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was conscious and alert yesterday, said Officer Hal Dalton, a police spokesman.

About the same time, Thomas Lee Gross was approached by a gunman as he walked in an alley between West Washington and Pleasant streets, police said. Gross ran away and was shot in the forearm.

A family member took him to Anne Arundel Medical Center. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

FluMist vaccinations to be offered to residents

FluMist will be available by appointment next week to Anne Arundel County residents, health officials said yesterday.

The newly developed nasal vaccination spray is approved for healthy people ages 5 to 49. Information: 410-222-7807 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays (8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and Dec. 31). The phone line will not be staffed weekends, Christmas, Friday or New Year's Day.

The department will accept $20 donations for each dose.

Shoplifter who ran over security officer sought

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information about a shoplifter who escaped arrest after running over a mall security officer with his sport utility vehicle Sunday evening.

The man was seen leaving Hecht's in Westfield Shoppingtown in Annapolis with four stolen Timberland sweaters, police said. Security officers chased him into the parking lot, as he jumped into a blue Jeep and drove off. He dragged security officer Victoria Wilburn a short distance, and when she fell off, he ran her over with his Jeep.

Wilburn was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated for a possible broken pelvis, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the shoplifter, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-276-8888.

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