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Waverly shooting was gang-related, police say

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Baltimore Police say a recent shooting in Waverly that injured a 16-year-old girl was gang-related, and detectives have charged a 22-year-old man in the case.

Derrod Miller, of the 300 block of E. 33rd St., was charged Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the July 22 shooting. According to police, the teenage victim was walking in the 500 block of E. 35th St. with others at about 11:30 p.m. when she noticed a group of people in the south side of the block who appared to be watching them. 

One of the men broke off from the group and began walking toward them, then opened fire "indiscriminately" in her direction. She was struck once in the leg. 

Police said their investigation revealed that the Miller was "targeting former gang members who were refusing to re-join a neighborhood gang," called the "Hoover Crips." The gang has roots in California, and according to the FBI has confirmed members in 11 states, though Maryland is not among them. 

Miller was recently released from prison, police said. According to court records, he recieved a six-year sentence in 2008 for robbery, with four years and six months suspended. In late 2009, he was found guilty of a probation violation, and a judge ordered him to serve the additional four years and six months.

Records show Miller was also charged as an adult in 2005 - at age 15 - with attempted murder, a case that was sent back to juvenile court. 

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