- The Washington Times - Friday, May 7, 2004

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. — Gunfire erupted at a Baltimore County high school yesterday afternoon, wounding four students who were leaving a charity basketball game, a police official said.

Three of the Randallstown High School students have non-life-threatening injuries, while the fourth was in surgery, Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said.

Three of the students were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a nursing coordinator said. The fourth person was taken to Sinai Hospital, a nurse said.

“This is a street crime that just happened on school grounds,” Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. told WBAL-TV.

The students had stayed after school to support a charity event, and “they were shot down,” Mr. Smith said.

Witnesses told police a car with about four persons inside pulled up to the school, and the driver and a passenger got out, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

The driver, described as a 300-pound man, fired a gun four or five times, then handed it to the passenger, who also fired. One of the four persons from the car fled on foot after being left in the parking lot when the vehicle sped off, Mr. Toohey said.

Witnesses saw a black BMW with tinted windows leave the school about 4:30 p.m., Cpl. John Young, a police dispatcher, said.

A car matching the description was found nearby. One person was in custody last night, Chief Sheridan said.

A security camera was pointed at parking lot, but it was not working, Mr. Toohey said.

Randallstown High School, in northwest Baltimore County, has 1,700 students and a staff of 115.

About 300 students had attended a charity basketball game involving state lawmakers that state Delegate Robert A. Zirkin organized to raise money for scholarships, Mr. Smith said. Mr. Toohey said the shooters did not appear to be targeting the lawmakers.

Mr. Zirkin, Baltimore County Democrat, said he was leaving the school campus and did not witness the shootings.

“It’s a shame that a random act of violence by people gives the school a bad image,” he said.

Anxious parents waited outside the school, blocked from entering by police tape.


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