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9-year-old, teen among five shot in two-hour span


Five people, including two boys ages 9 and 14, were shot within two hours yesterday in four separate incidents, Baltimore police said.

The boys, who were shot by stray bullets about 2 p.m. in the 900 block of N. Chester St. in East Baltimore, were not seriously wounded. Police said the 9-year-old suffered a graze wound on an arm and the older youth also was shot in an arm.

"I just heard the shots, grabbed my children and dove to the floor," said Sharron Dorsey, 32, who lives in the same house as the 14-year-old victim across the street from the shooting. She identified him as Michael Isler, who was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police identified the 9-year-old as Benjamin McConnell, who was hit as his mother pulled him into their home to escape the gunfire. He was treated at the scene.

About 3: 30 p.m., an unidentified 18-year-old man was shot in the back in the 2600 block of Kent St. in Westport, police said. Detective Homer Pennington said the teen was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said an unidentified man, 20, was shot in the right leg after leaving a convenience store about 3: 45 p.m. in the 600 block of Cokesbury Ave. in East Baltimore and ran a block to Cecil Elementary School for help. The victim was treated at Hopkins.

About 4: 10 p.m., a man shot another man, 20, in the right leg in the 4400 block of Marble Hall Road in Northeast Baltimore, police said. The victim was treated at Hopkins.

Police said they had no suspects and knew of no motives in the incidents.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 1/15/99

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