All David Lunn Sr. wanted was to get his son's stolen bike back. But the price of retrieving the 10-speed black Schwinn was high: six gunshots fired point-blank into Mr. Lunn's arm, pelvis and back.
"I'm sitting here thinking, 'How am I still here?' " said Mr. Lunn, a welder who was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday. One bullet is likely to remain lodged in his lung, and breathing is painful, Mr. Lunn said.
Police say they believe the shooting, which took place early Saturday night at the Margaret Brent Elementary School playground, came in retaliation after Mr. Lunn retrieved the stolen bike Friday night.
A 16-year-old Baltimore resident, one of three teen-agers suspected in the shooting, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, though he did not pull the trigger, said Sgt. Dennis Rosemary of the Northern District.
As of last night, no one had been charged with the shooting, police said.
The trouble began on Friday af-Zil,5p9,21l ternoon, when David Lunn Jr., 14, and a friend were riding along Lorraine Ave. toward the home of Mr. Lunn's mother, Mr. Lunn said. Five youths approached, beat the friend with a stick and took the bike, which is worth $300, he said.
Shortly after 11 p.m., Mr. Lunn returned home from work and heard about the theft.
"My son knew the name of the boy, and I remembered that I knew the family from growing up on the Eastside," Mr. Lunn said. It was almost midnight, and Mr. Lunn headed out to see if he could resolve the matter. "When I got there . . . the boy's mother gave [the bicycle] back to me."
On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Lunn, 34, took his only son (his 18-year-old daughter is an incoming freshman at the Johns Hopkins University) to Brent Elementary in Lower Charles Village, where he watched David Jr. play basketball. Also watching, police said, were several teen-agers who had taken the bike. "My son had been scared to come out to the playground, so I went with him," Mr. Lunn said. "They were waiting for him."
"I asked them if we couldn't work this out," Mr. Lunn of the 1300 block of Eutaw St. said this week at the trauma center. "Then one of them, the ringleader, said, 'You don't talk to me like that.' Then he took out his gun."
After the shooting, the three teen-agers fled the playground in the 100 block of E. 26th St.
A 15-year-old Baltimorean has been arrested and charged in the bike theft, Sgt. Rosemary said.