Wounded Girl, 5, Still In Critical Condition

July 04, 2009|By Susan Reimer | Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com

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A 5-year-old girl remained in critical condition Friday after being hit by a stray bullet while walking home with a relative after a shopping trip.

The child, who has not been officially identified but whom an aunt said was named Raven, was on a ventilator and in pediatric intensive care at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a hospital representative said. Family members were at her side.

She suffered a head wound and was bleeding from the mouth, said a neighbor who attempted to comfort the child after the shooting.

The gunfire occurred after a street fight among unidentified youths, police said. Detectives returned Friday to the 300 block of Pulaski St. to interview residents but reported no arrests.

The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood. Police Commissioner Frederick H Bealefeld III said one young man returned after a street fight with a semiautomatic weapon and opened fire.

"It took a long time for that ambulance to get here," said Jacqueline Farrar, the Pulaski Street resident who went immediately to the girl, whom she said she did not know. "I was rubbing her head and speaking to her. She was trying to lift up. I was just trying to comfort the little baby."

Several other women, sitting on steps with their small children, said this kind of violence among young people is the result of cutbacks and closings of city programs and facilities that would give young people something to do.

"They don't have anything to do except what they're doing, which is get in trouble," said one of the women, who asked not to be identified.

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