Two shot in separate robbery attempts

CRIME WATCH

August 19, 2008|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

Two men were shot in armed robbery attempts in different neighborhoods Sunday night, Baltimore police said.

In both cases, which police said were unrelated, the victims were ordered to turn over money and refused, and were then fired upon as they tried to run away.

In the most recent incident, Northwestern District officers responded about 11 p.m. to the 3900 block of Groveland Ave. for a report of a shooting. Police found a 20-year-old man inside an apartment, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his left thigh, police said.

He had been standing outside the apartment building with two other people when two unknown men approached the group and demanded money, police said. As all three ran inside the building, one of the suspects fired a shot, striking the victim in the leg, police said.

Paramedics took the man to Sinai Hospital, where he was admitted for surgery. He was in serious condition, police said.

The other shooting occurred about 10 p.m. in Northeast Baltimore. City police were called to the 4900 block of Sinclair Lane, where they encountered a gunshot victim who was being treated by paramedics from the city Fire Department. Their investigation found that the victim - a 22-year-old man - was standing on the street when a man approached him and announced a robbery, police said.

As the victim began running away, the assailant shot him once in the left leg, police said. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment; his condition was not immediately available yesterday, police said.

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