City police said an 11-year-old girl was wounded in the back by gunfire last night during what appeared to be a drug-related shooting near a West Baltimore intersection.
Two men also were wounded during a fusillade of 13 shots, police said.
One of the men, police said, was the target of three men armed with semiautomatic weapons.
The girl, Ebony Briscoe, of the 1600 block of McCulloh St., was standing on the corner at Riggs and Arlington avenues when she was hit, police said.
Western District Officer William S. Davis said the slug also struck the girl in a rib and went out through a shoulder, but apparently hit no vital organs.
"She was real lucky," Officer Davis said.
Ebony was in stable condition today at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
Clifford White, 22, of the 1000 block of N. Carey St., was believed to have been the target of the gunmen in the attack about 8:45 p.m., said Officer Davis.
The three gunmen arrived in the neighborhood in a red Nissan 300-ZX sports car. One of them stepped out and approached a man on the corner, believed to be Mr. White.
"The driver gets out and says 'Where are your chains?'" Lt. James Rainey of the Western District said today.
Mr. White replied, "I don't know what you're talking about," the lieutenant said.
The remark also puzzled police: "I don't know what the significance of that remark is," the lieutenant said.
An argument ensued, and the first man out of the car opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun.
His companions also got out of the car, drawing guns, and joined in the firing as their apparent target attempted to flee, Officer Davis said.
At least 13 shots were fired, Officer Davis said.
Mr. White was shot in the left foot, the officer said.
A man sitting on the front steps of a house was grazed "between the eyes, like on the bridge of his nose," the officer said.
Police said Mr. White was taken by ambulance to Maryland General Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The other wounded man, Roderick Owens, 31, of the 1000 block of N. Arlington Ave., was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition today.
The gunmen fled in the Nissan and were being sought.
Mr. White told police that he had never seen the alleged assailants before.
The neighborhood is not especially known for heavy drug trafficking, police said.
"It's not as much of a drug area as others we have," Lieutenant Rainey said.