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2 women shot by UM police during fight at hospital

A university police officer shot and wounded two women who were fighting early yesterday inside the emergency room of University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore campus police reported.

The gunfire ended a dispute that apparently began at the Paradox nightclub in the 1300 block of Russell St., police said.

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About 3:30 a.m., a woman involved in a scuffle there arrived at the emergency room seeking treatment for a stomach injury.

The patient, whose name was not released, was in the waiting room when four women barged in and attacked her, resuming their earlier fight, said Col. Cleveland Barnes of the campus police.

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Officer Michelle McLean, who was stationed in the emergency room, tried to break up the fight but one of the four attackers grabbed her baton and started swinging it at the woman awaiting treatment and the officer, Barnes said.

When the woman continued swinging the baton, the officer drew her gun and shot her, Barnes said. The bullet passed through the woman's left breast and grazed the arm of the woman who was awaiting treatment. Neither injury was life-threatening, Barnes said.

Both women were treated at the hospital and released, authorities said.

The woman accused of taking the officer's baton, Alexis Burris, 19, of the 1900 block of W. Fayette St., was arrested on charges of assaulting McLean and the patient with a deadly weapon.

Also arrested and charged with assaulting McLean was Lisa Reed, 38, of the 1900 block of Druid Hill Ave. Both women were being held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

McLean was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after shootings, Barnes said.

The university police force patrols the 32-acre downtown campus area that surrounds the hospital, and provides one officer for security in the emergency room, according to a spokesman for the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


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