Two men and an 11-year-old girl were wounded last night when a trio of gunmen opened fire at a crowded West Baltimore intersection, aiming to settle a dispute with bullets, city police said.
One of the wounded men was believed to have been the target of the gunmen in the attack about 8:45 p.m. at Arlington and Riggs avenues, according to Western District Officer William S. Davis. The three gunmen arrived in the neighborhood in a red Nissan 300-ZX sports car, one of them stepping out and approaching a man on the corner. An argument ensued, and the first gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun. His companions also drew guns and joined in the firing as their apparent target attempted to flee, Officer Davis said.
At least 13 shots were fired, one of them hitting the pursued man in his left foot -- the only wound he suffered, according to Officer Davis.
Also wounded were a man sitting on the front steps of a house, who was grazed "between the eyes, like on the bridge of his nose," and an 11-year-old girl standing on the corner who was struck in the back -- the most severe of the injuries. Officer Davis said the slug also struck a rib and exited through the girl's shoulder, but apparently hit no vital organ.
"She was real lucky," he said, adding that the girl was in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The nature of the dispute between the men remained unclear last night. The gunmen fled in the Nissan and were being sought.