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by Peter Moskos

March 5, 2008

You see this cat is a baad mother--

What would you do when you get shot? Get a Slurpy? Shut your mouth!

From today's Baltimore Sun.

Can you dig it?

Man gets shot, takes cab to convenience store
He hailed taxi, went to S. Baltimore 7-Eleven

By Gus G. Sentementes

Sun reporter

8:33 AM EST, March 5, 2008

A man who was shot several times in South Baltimore last night didn't call an ambulance, but instead hailed a cab whose driver took him several blocks to a 7-Eleven store, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. when police said a 32-year-old man was wounded on the first block of E. Heath St.

Suffering from injuries to his neck, arm and body, police said the man jumped into a nearby taxi and rode a half mile to the convenience store on South Hanover and Hamburg streets.

Police said the man went inside the 7-Eleven and that someone inside called for an ambulance. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said they had made no arrests and did not know whether the man had paid his cab fare. The name of the taxi company was not immediately available.

Undoubtedly, he's a complicated man.

[Basic crime stories are usually so dry. I love that fact that Gus Sentementes, a well-seasons crime reporter (who has never called me, by the way), asked the tough question, "did he pay his fare?!"]

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