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U.S. newspaper reporter injured in mugging

A longtime feature writer for The Baltimore Sun was critically injured during an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 13:56 IST

A longtime feature writer for The Baltimore Sun was critically injured during an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said on Monday.

Carl Schoettler, 73, was involved in a minor traffic accident on Saturday evening about a block from Baltimore's City Hall and not far from the newspaper's offices.

After the two drivers sorted out the problem, a pedestrian standing at a nearby bus stop suddenly ran forward and attacked Schoettler from behind.

As several witnesses used their cell phones to call police for help, the unknown assailant knocked Schoettler to the ground and kicked him several times in the head.

The attacker fled without taking anything, but police believe the motive for the attack was robbery, said Detective Charles Corbin of the Baltimore police robbery squad.

Schoettler was admitted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. Police said he was in serious but stable condition.

The newspaper has offered 3,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest of the attacker. "All of us at The Sun are deeply saddened and outraged by this vicious attack on our colleague, Carl Schoettler," editor Tim Franklin said.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 13:56 IST