A Baltimore City Council member's son was expected to be released from the hospital today after being shot five times during a robbery attempt in East Baltimore.
City police said they had no suspects in the mid-afternoon shooting yesterday of Antonio Johnson, 22, of the 1600 block of E. 31st street. His mother is Councilwoman Paula Johnson-Branch, a Democrat who represents the 2nd District.
Mr. Johnson told police he was walking in the 1800 block of E. Lanvale St. about 4:30 p.m. yesterday when a gunman walked up from behind and announced a robbery. The South Clifton Park area is known for drug trafficking and related violence, including shootings, an Eastern police district lieutenant said.
Instead of complying with the robber's demand, Mr. Johnson started running and was shot five times in the buttocks, legs and arms, said Lt. Thomas V. Keavney.
Mrs. Johnson-Branch said that her son was in a Johns Hopkins Hospital bed this morning "in a lot of pain." He may be sent home today, she said.
She said he may have been visiting a relative or a girlfriend.
"He was lucky. It's not as serious as it could be," the councilwoman said. ". . . . It could have been in the chest. He could be dead."
Police described the suspect as an 18-year-old about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. Several spent casings from a semiautomatic pistol were recovered, police said.