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Man, 70, shot in back is in critical condition

A 70-year-old man remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after he was shot in the back Tuesday afternoon while sitting on the front porch of his home in the Carroll-South Hilton neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Lafayette Pierson was seated in a chair on the porch of his house in the 100 block of S. Hilton St. about 1 p.m. when a man who was walking by stopped and said something to Pierson, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said that whatever the assailant said to Pierson caused the victim to stand up and hurriedly approach the front door of his home.

Moses said the other man followed Pierson to the door and shot him in the back with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun before fleeing.

Moses said the bullet went through Pierson's midsection and out his stomach.

A family member who asked not to be identified said another relative who was home when Pierson was shot called 911.

Moses said a shell casing from a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was found at the scene.

Anyone with information in the shooting is urged to call the Southwestern Police District's detective unit at 410-396-2488.

Robbery, gunshot cases linked

A young man ran through a Pikesville synagogue yesterday in an apparent attempt to evade police investigating a robbery, Baltimore County police said.

About 3:30 p.m., a 16-year-old girl called police to say that a group of men, including one whom she believed had a handgun, had robbed her of cash and a cell phone near the 4200 block of Saint Vincents Drive in Pikesville, said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Sgt. Vickie Warehime.

As the girl was speaking with an officer who came to investigate, she pointed out a young man she said was involved in the robbery. The man ran into the Beth Isaac Adath Israel Congregation synagogue, ran through the building, out a back door and then jumped a fence, Warehime said.

Nothing was taken from the synagogue, and several people inside were not harmed, she said.

About an hour later, as police were investigating that incident, a woman called to say that a boy had been struck by a bullet in a home in the 6800 block of Brookmill Road. When police arrived, they found a 16-year-old with an apparent gunshot wound below the eye, as well as information that linked people in the home to the robbery, Warehime said.

Three people there were taken into police custody. The youth was treated at Sinai Hospital and was later taken into custody, police said.

"There's enough information to link the call of the armed robbery to the call of the gunshot victim, but at this point no weapon has been recovered," Warehime said.

No charges had been filed early yesterday evening, and police were trying to determine motives in both incidents, she said.

Jennifer Choi

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