Gunshot victim drives van to Hyatt after shooting

March 04, 2007|By Julie Scharper and Bradley Olson | Julie Scharper and Bradley Olson,sun reporters

One of two shooting victims drove a minivan into the valet parking area of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Baltimore's Inner Harbor last night, drawing police cars and ambulances to the city's top tourist area on a busy weekend.

Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said the shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. more than a dozen blocks to the south, in the 100 block of W. Hamburg St., not far from M&T Bank Stadium.

One man was shot several times in the upper body and the other man was wounded in the left arm, police said. Both were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their conditions were not available last night.

It was unclear why the men drove the gray Ford minivan to the Hyatt. Harris also had no immediate details about the shooting or a possible motive.

The van was sitting against a grassy area in the middle of the driveway of the hotel in the 100 block of Light St., across the street from the Inner Harbor's Light Street pavilion and promenade, lined with restaurants and shops.

The incident came on a bustling evening in downtown, as the Baltimore Blast played the California Cougars at the nearby 1st Mariner Arena, and high school students from around the country gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center for a Model United Nations conference.

Jonathan Weinberger, a Washington resident who had come to Baltimore to dine, said he heard several gunshots as he walked from Federal Hill to the Inner Harbor.

"It sounded like fireworks," he said. "It's a shame, because the city has gone through such a renaissance, especially in this area, and the thuggish types ruin it."

julie.scharper@baltsun.com

bradley.olson@baltsun.com

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