Boy, 7, calls 911 after he is beaten, his father is shot


A 7-year-old boy walking out of his West Baltimore house yesterday was forced back inside by two men who beat him, threw a dress over his head and shot his father, police said.

The shooting victim, Tracy Truesdale, 35, was taken by a police-escorted ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday. Police said he had been shot three times in the back and once in an arm.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said detectives found suspected heroin in the rowhouse, but stressed that investigators have not linked the discovery to the shooting, which occurred about 8:15 a.m.

Police knew of no suspects. The shooting occurred in the 4800 block of Clifton Ave. in a neighborhood between Leakin Park and the Baltimore County line.

The child, who police did not identify, told investigators that after the gunmen beat him on the head while covering his face with the dress, they went upstairs. Minutes later, the boy reported hearing several gunshots.

A dispatcher told the responding officers that a 7-year-old had dialed 911 and reported that "two men came in and shot his father."

Agent Weinhold described the boy as "extremely upset. The child was downstairs, and we don't believe he actually witnessed the shooting."

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