15-year-old shot during robbery dies at hospital

September 16, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A boy who was shot during a robbery Monday night on a street in West Baltimore died Tuesday afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police reported yesterday.

The victim, Christopher Richardson, 15, was standing in front of a house in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. about 10 p.m. Monday with a girl he knew when an unknown gunman demanded his money, witnesses told homicide Detective Michael Johnson.

A fight broke out between Richardson and the gunman, Johnson said, and the boy was shot several times in the head with a small-caliber handgun and fell to the pavement.

Johnson said witnesses reported seeing the gunman back away after Richardson was shot, then reach into the boy's pockets and remove an unknown sum of money before fleeing.

Refuting earlier, conflicting accounts of the victim's condition - including a report from police Tuesday night that he remained on life support - Johnson said the boy had died at 2:30 that afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Johnson said Richardson had not been living with his mother, a resident of the 1000 block of E. Belvedere Ave., or attending school. Where he had been staying was unclear last night.

He said the boy had gotten into an argument with several males before he was shot, but wasn't certain if that dispute led to his death.

"Whoever he was arguing with may have resented him coming into their neighborhood and talking or dating the girls living there," Johnson said.

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