Man hurt in shootout in East Baltimore


April 07, 2008|By RICHARD IRWIN

An unidentified man was shot in the upper body last night on an East Baltimore street either by a man with whom he was exchanging gunfire or by one of two city police officers who witnessed the shootout, a police spokesman said.

About 10:15 p.m., two members of the citywide tactical unit were in the 3100 block of McElderry St. when they heard gunshots and observed two men shooting at each other, said Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman.

After the men failed to drop their weapons when ordered to do so, the officers drew their .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handguns, and at least one of them fired at the gunmen, Harris said.

Harris said one of the men was shot in the upper body but that it was not known last night whether he was wounded by the other gunman or by the police officer. He said the other gunman fled and was being sought.

Harris said the wounded man ran to the nearby 3100 block of E. Monument St., where he fell to the ground and was taken by an ambulance to an area hospital. His condition was not available.

Harris said the wounded man's gun was recovered and that homicide detectives and the tactical unit are investigating the incident.

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