Gunman shoots four in a house in the city

November 25, 2008|By Richard Irwin and Justin Fenton

Four young men, reportedly in their teens, were shot early yesterday evening by a lone gunman in a house in Southwest Baltimore, city police said. The four were in the bedroom of a house in the Irvington section when they were shot shortly before 7 p.m. All were expected to survive, said a city police spokesman. No arrest had been made, and police were seeking to interview the victims in hopes of identifying the gunman and to learn a motive for the quadruple shooting. Because the victims were all believed to be juveniles, their names were not released. Shortly before 7 p.m., the victims were in a second-floor bedroom of a two-story house in the first block of N. Monastery Ave. when the gunman entered the room and opened fire with a handgun, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Harris said the gunman fled on foot. When Southwestern District police and several medics arrived, they found two victims in the bedroom bleeding from bullet wounds. Moments later, two other victims who fled the house were found in or close to the nearby 100 block of Allendale St. All four were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. One victim was treated for a wound to the head, another for a wound to the neck, a third for a stomach wound and the fourth, a wound to the shoulder. Southwestern District police and homicide detectives were expected to interview the victims at Shock Trauma to learn a motive and the identity of the gunman. Metro Crime Stoppers, at 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the shootings.

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