Suspect sought in Northeast shooting

August 09, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Baltimore police were seeking information about a person who shot a man outside a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse yesterday morning during what authorities said they believe was a dispute over his and a neighbor's pit bulls.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Elmora Ave. Soon after, police officers received reports that a suspect may have barricaded himself inside a house on the block. The Police Department's SWAT team and a police helicopter circled overhead for hours, and police cordoned off the area around the house with yellow crime scene tape.

The victim - whose name was not released - was treated at a hospital. He was in serious condition after being shot once in the face, according to Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Police left the neighborhood about 1:30 p.m. after SWAT team members entered the house where the gunman was believed to be hiding and found no one inside, Moses said.

Detectives are trying to determine who shot at the victim and to whom the dogs belonged. Moses also said evidence that detectives had gathered left it unclear as to where the gunshot came from. "We still have a gunman on the loose," Moses said. A description of a suspect was not available.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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