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City rushes to quell violence 6 shootings reported Teen killed; 6 wounded


Baltimore police were investigating six separate shootings around the city last night, including a teen-ager killed at a downtown apartment building, and the shooting of a man and an 11-year-old boy on a South Baltimore street.

Among the other shootings was a 14-year-old boy who was grazed by a bullet in the Southeast District and a robber in Northeast Baltimore who was critically injured when a shop owner thwarted the crime by shooting him in the head, police said.

* The first shooting occurred at 4:50 p.m. at the Lexington Terrace apartment building in the 700 block of W. Mulberry St., where Muata Juanne Franklin, 17, who lives on the same block, was shot in the lower left back, police said. The youth was found lying near the lobby elevator, shot with what police said was a large-caliber handgun.

He was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. * At 6:30 p.m., at the Hamilton Quik Stop store in the 3400 block of Hamilton Ave. in the Northeastern District, police said, two men walked in, posing as customers.

Once inside, they announced a robbery. But the manager, David Noland, 41, pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and fired at one of the men, hitting him in the head, police said.

Both men fled. The unidentified injured man, who collapsed in the parking lot, was listed in critical condition last night in the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said the shooting appeared justified; no charges were expected to be placed against Mr. Noland.

* Another shooting at 8:20 p.m. left one man seriously wounded and an 11-year-old boy injured by a stray bullet, police said. The victims, who were shot in the 1600 block of McHenry St., were identified as Joseph Flint, 41, of the 300 block of S. Parrish St., and Tavon Dishman of the 1500 block of W. Pratt St.

The boy was shot in the right forearm by a stray bullet and was in good condition today at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Police said Mr. Flint, shot in the head and chest, was in critical condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Witnesses reported seeing three men arguing before about six shots were fired. Police said a gunman and his accomplice were seen on South Mount Street.

Early today, police said they went to a motel at the Baltimore Beltway and Washington Boulevard in Baltimore County and took a man into custody who may have been involved in the shooting.

* Police in the Southeast District reported a shooting at 6:20 p.m. in the 700 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. A 14-year-old boy fired at another 14-year-old with whom he had argued earlier, police said.

After the boys argued, one sought out a gun and went after the other teen, police said. The first boy found the other in front of the building and fired a shot, hitting the teen in the left side, police said.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a graze wound, police said. The shooter, as well as a third 14-year-old who allegedly supplied the silver-plated handgun, were charged juveniles with shooting and handgun charges.

* Police were investigating shots fired at a police officer in the 500 block of Gold St. The officer, who was not hit, returned fire, hitting the man at least once in the shoulder.

Despite a manhunt by several Western and Central District officers, the wounded man escaped and remained at large. Police said area hospitals were alerted in case the man seeks medical treatment.

* Another shooting occurred in the 500 block of E. 27th St. near Greenmount Avenue about 10:30 p.m.

Police said a man was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma, where he was in serious condition today.

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