Boy, 4, man wounded in east-side gunfire


August 17, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN

Nearly a dozen bullets were fired along a narrow and crowded street in East Baltimore late yesterday afternoon, wounding a man and a 4-year-old boy, city police said.

Police said they were seeking a gunman who fled after the shooting about 5:30 p.m. in the 700 block of N. Rose St. The names of the victims - both of whom were expected to survive - were not available last night.

One shot hit a 26-year-old man in the lower back and another struck the boy in the left hip as he was playing outside a rowhouse, police said. Eastern District Detective Dave Peckoo said the boy and his mother were visiting friends who lived on the block.

When officers arrived, the wounded child was being cradled in the arms of a neighbor.

Sgt. Gary Klado of the Eastern District said a K-9 officer who heard the gunfire used his radio to tell a dispatcher, "A child's been shot." The call brought at least a dozen officers to the street, which was quickly cordoned off with police tape.

Moments later, the child's mother arrived and accompanied him in a Fire Department ambulance to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Klado said.

The wounded man drove himself to the hospital's emergency room.

Joseph Six, 51, a mechanic at M&L Auto Repair in the 2500 block of E. Monument St., around the corner from the shooting scene, said he was working on a car when he heard the gunfire. "It sounded like more than 10 shots," he said, describing the incident as "nothing new."

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said recordings from police surveillance cameras would be reviewed in hopes the gunman could be identified.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Peckoo at 410-396-2433.

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