East-side gunfire leaves 3 wounded


April 27, 2007|By Annie Linskey and Richard Irwin

A man and two women were injured around lunchtime yesterday when at least one gunman opened fire in an East Baltimore neighborhood, police said.

Police did not release names of the victims yesterday, but they said the man, 21, was shot in both legs and a bullet punctured an artery in one leg. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Col. John M. Bevilacqua, chief of the department's Criminal Investigative Division.

A 21-year old woman was shot in the foot, and another woman, 28, was shot in the back, he said. Both were being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Two police officers who were responding to the shooting were injured when a car that was going the wrong way on a one-way street struck their patrol car, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Both officers were taken to Shock Trauma, where one was treated and released and the other was waiting for an analysis of an X-ray last night, Moses said.

Moses did not release the officers' names. He said that the other driver was issued a traffic citation.

Meanwhile, police detectives canvassed the neighborhood around the shooting site yesterday, trying to find witnesses. A crime scene technician had put down markers for at least 17 shell casings -- mostly bunched around a house on the east side of the 1300 block of N. Luzerne Ave.

Neighbor Robert Powell said he heard the gunshots yesterday. He watched police talking to neighbors and said: "This is just a normal occurrence in this city."

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