Two women injured in separate Baltimore shootings

Homicide investigating second shooting because of severity of head wound

September 27, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Two women were wounded, one critically, in two separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday night, according to city police.

About 9:10 p.m., police responded to the 400 block of South Augusta Avenue in the city's Irvington neighborhood to find a young woman with a gunshot wound to her head, according to Sgt. Anthony Smith, a police spokesman.

A preliminary investigation showed the woman was seated in a parked car "when a suspect discharged a firearm in the block" and she was struck in the head, Smith said. He said it was too early in the investigation to speculate on why the woman, whose identity remained unknown to police late Thursday, was shot.

"I don't know if she was a target. I don't know if it was random," Smith said. "I don't even know where she lives."

The woman's age was also unclear, though Smith estimated it at 18.

The young woman was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition, Smith said. Homicide detectives were called to the scene because of the severity of her injuries, Smith said.

In a separate incident, police responded just after 7 p.m. to the intersection of Reedbird Avenue and Potee Street and found a 35-year-old woman who had been shot twice, in the torso and arm, Smith said.

The location is near Harbor Hospital Center in the city's Middle Branch/Reedbird Parks neighborhood.

Police believe the woman may be a sedan service driver, Smith said. Police are looking for three males involved in the shooting and are investigating a motive, he said.

The woman was transported to an area hospital. Smith did not know her condition.

No further information was immediately available.

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