Shots from car hit 2 toddlers in pool on city's west side

CRIME WATCH

June 10, 2008|By BRENT JONES

Two toddlers were shot last night in West Baltimore while they splashed in a swimming pool set up to help neighborhood children cool off in the heat, witnesses said.

The wounded children were 2 and 3, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman.

Police said shots rang out about 10 p.m. near the 2400 block of Winchester St., which is in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Monroe said the children were rushed to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. She said one child was shot in the torso and the other in the leg.

No arrest had been made, and police had no information about possible suspects.

A neighbor said dozens of children were playing in the large wading pool in an apartment complex because - after a day nearing 100 degrees - it was too hot to be inside.

Jasmine Scott, who lives in the apartments and said several of her children were also in the pool, said shots were fired from a car speeding by. She said parents ran to grab their children.

"It was a whole lot of shots. I didn't think it would ever stop," she said. "There was nobody out here but women and children. Why would you shoot at little kids?"

Scott said the 2-year-old, a boy, was shot in the torso and the 3-year-old, a girl, was hit in the leg.

The children were in the pool because "it was three times hotter" in the apartments than it was outdoors, Scott said. Many of the apartments have broken air conditioners, she said.

"It's ridiculous," Scott said. "These kids got shot because they couldn't go inside their house."

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