Crime Watch

November 27, 2007

Two shot at rec center in Cherry Hill school

Two people, one a teenage boy, were shot last night by a man who entered the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Recreation Center in the 2500 block of Seabury Road in Cherry Hill and opened fire as several youths played basketball, police said.

No arrest had been made, and a motive was unknown.

The teenager was shot in the stomach and an adult male was shot in a buttock, police said.

Both were taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

The victims' names were not released.

At the scene, police said at least a dozen boys and girls and one man were in the recreation center, which is part of Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, playing basketball in the school's gym about 7:55 p.m. when the shooting occurred.

Two Cherry Hill mothers who declined to be named said they received cell phone calls from their daughters, both 14, moments after the shooting, pleading for them to come and take them home.

"My daughter was hysterical and told me she heard the shots and saw a lot of smoke," one woman said, as she and other parents waited outside for their children to leave the gymnasium after police interviewed them.

It was not known whether the victims were the gunman's intended targets.

Anyone knowing the gunman is asked to call the Southern District's detective unit at 410-396-2499.

Richard Irwin

Man fatally shot near home

City police are investigating the death of a man who was shot in the head early yesterday near his home in the 2400 block of Presbury St. in West Baltimore.

Michael Crowder, 33, was found unresponsive in an alley a short distance from his home in the Coppin Heights community about 1:45 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. He was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead about 2 a.m.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the killing.

Lynn Anderson

Store robbed; clerk assaulted

Harford County sheriff's deputies are searching for two suspects after a clerk at a convenience store in Edgewood was assaulted early Sunday.

About 2 a.m., a clerk at Royal Lands unlocked the door to allow a man he thought was a customer into the store, which is on the 1700 block of Hanson Road. A man wearing a ski mask followed closely behind.

The two suspects assaulted the clerk and took cash. The clerk was treated at the scene for minor injuries, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Madison Park

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