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Shooting victim in Old Goucher was not intended target

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

2:45 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

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Baltimore Police have disclosed that a man who was shot and critically wounded Friday morning the Old Goucher neighborhood was not the intended target. 

Police acknowledged Monday that they believe the suspects who shot a 23-year-old man in the chest in the 2100 block of N. Charles St. had robbed and were trying to shoot a 25-year-old transgender woman. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m.

"During the course of the robbery, one of the suspects began firing a weapon and struck one of the individuals in the chest," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. "The other victim was shot at but was not hit."

The nature of the relationship, if any, between the shooting victim and the intended victim was not known. 

Police had said Friday that the shooting victim was standing in the block when a vehicle pulled up and a group of suspects surrounded him and shot him. The presence of a second victim was not disclosed. 

Later Friday, police announced the creation of a task force to address crime against members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, which coincided with the annual PRIDE festival and parade. 

Police said the robbery and shooting did not appear to be related to the weekend festivities.