Shooting victim seeks aid at mayor's house


August 01, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes

A man who was shot on a Southwest Baltimore street and sought help from a police officer stationed two blocks away at the home of Mayor Sheila Dixon remained hospitalized yesterday, officials said.

The shooting occurred on Swann Avenue and Rokeby Road shortly before midnight Monday, according to police spokesman Sterling Clifford. Two men were passing through the intersection when a pedestrian opened fire on the car, striking the passenger, police said.

The driver called 911 but was unable to give police a precise location because he was unfamiliar with the area, Clifford said. The driver spotted a marked police cruiser off Edmondson Avenue, on Winans Way, which was part of the mayor's executive protection detail. The driver pulled over and sought help for the injured passenger, police said.

As police arrived, the driver tried to flee, but officers caught and questioned him while the victim was taken to Sinai Hospital. The victim's name and condition were not released yesterday. Police said the victim was alive as of 6 p.m.

Police did not say why the driver tried to run away. Clifford said that as soon as police were called to the area for the shooting, another officer was posted outside the mayor's front door.

"At no time was there danger to the mayor," Clifford said. "She never left the house."

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