Police today were looking for two men in the robbery and shooting of a 17-year-old Harford County youth at Reisterstown Road Plaza in northwest Baltimore.
The wounded youth was identified as Michael Morris, whose last known address was in Edgewood.
Police said he was shot at least once in the stomach last night by one of the men. A witness reported hearing two shots fired, police said.
The youth was in serious but stable condition today at Si
Dennis Hill, a city police spokesman, said the youth described the men as black males, both about 18 years old.
One suspect, who is about 6 feet and 140 pounds, was wearing a Chicago Bulls jacket and jeans, Mr. Hill said. He also had a goatee.
The other suspect, who was about 5 feet, 7 inches and 135 pounds, was wearing a black skull cap, a blue jacket and jeans, Mr. Hill said. He was clean-shaven.
The spokesman said Michael Morris had accompanied his father, brother and cousin to the shopping center about 8:40 p.m. The father, Juma Ibn Talal, a jewelry salesman, was conducting business in the shopping center, Mr. Hill said.
Police say the youth went outside the mall in the 6500
block of Reisterstown Road to use a bank machine.
Mr. Hill said the youth apparently did not make a bank transaction but was accosted by the men, one of whom had a handgun.
The men led him past the bank machine to the vicinity of a pizza shop, he said. The men then ordered the youth to hand over gold jewelry he was wearing. Then, for no apparent reason, the gunman shot the youth in the stomach, police said.
The wounded youth staggered back into the mall, where he told his father and the others that he had been shot. He was taken to Sinai Hospital by ambulance, police said.
Since then, the youth's condition has improved from critical to serious, hospital officials said. Mr. Hill had no details about the stolen jewelry, including its description or value.