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City block site of 2nd shooting in eight days


A man was shot and critically wounded yesterday in a daylight attack on West Preston Street, near where a teen-ager was killed eight days ago.

Police said they are trying to determine whether yesterday's shooting, which occurred about 10:40 a.m. two blocks from a state office complex, is connected to the Aug. 24 fatal shooting of Ivan Cruse, 16.

The latest victim was not immediately identified, as police searched for the man's relatives.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a department spokesman, said at least two armed men shot the victim in the side as he walked along the 500 block of West Preston St., outside Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School.

Police said one of the gunmen might have been hit by a car after he opened fire and might be hurt.

Witnesses initially thought one of the suspects had run into the school, prompting police to swarm the area. Rowe said it turned out that two school maintenance workers had run into the building to escape the gunfire.

The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday.

Cruse was shot and killed in the same block last week. Police said the youth was fired upon as he sat on his bicycle about 10:20 p.m. He ran to the back of a nearby building, where his attackers caught up to him and shot him at least once in the chest.

A bystander was wounded in the attack.

Police were investigating yesterday whether there is any connection between the two shootings.

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