Hatchet attack leaves man critically injured


A man with a hatchet critically injured another man today during an argument in front of the Lexington Market in the 200 block of North Eutaw Street, then, still holding the weapon, led police on a foot chase along three city streets before being arrested, authorities said.

The victim, whose identity police had not been able to establish by late morning, suffered a deep wound to the right side of his neck and a bruise to his head in the 8 a.m. attack, police said. He was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

From the market, police chased the suspect east on Lexington Street, south on Howard Street and east on Marion Street, an alley behind the Greyhound bus station, where he was arrested. He was still being held by police at midday.

Officer G. X. Eames, of the Central District, said a small hatchet, believed to have been used in the attack, was found behind a trash bin near the bus terminal.

The victim, described as in his 30s, staggered south on Eutaw Street and collapsed a block away at the corner of Fayette Street.

It was the third incident in nine days near the market in which people were killed or critically injured.

Early Monday, 15 to 20 people fired into a crowd at the corner of Fayette and Eutaw streets, wounding five, two critically.

On June 27, a gunman killed one man and wounded another when he opened fire on a car parked at Lexington and Eutaw streets. The 4 a.m. shooting occurred as several hundred people were milling about.

Police say crowds of teen-agers and young adults routinely gather near the market after bars and clubs close for the night.

Joe Markowitz, who works at Bayside Seafood, near the corner of Eutaw and Fayette, said the area is deteriorating.

"It's scary," he said, as he watched detectives at the crime scene. "We take our lives in our hands when we walk from our car to the store . . . What are we supposed to do, close up? This is supposed to the world-famous Lexington Market."

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