Member of state Attorney General's office is shot in robbery attempt

A high ranking attorney in the Maryland Attorney General's Office was shot outside his Baltimore home in an attempted robbery earlier this week.

William Brockman, the deputy solicitor general, was discharged from the hospital after the Monday night attack and was recovering well at home on Wednesday, according to his wife, Erika Brockman.

Erika Brockman said her husband was coming home late from work at around 9:30 p.m. and was walking from his car to his Union Square house when two men tried to grab his bag, then shot him in the lower abdomen on the corner of S. Stricker Street and Hollins Street.

"I think he was taken by surprise and he didn't fully understand what was happening," she said.

The assailants fled without any of his property, she said, and were not captured. Southern District detectives are investigating the incident.

The Baltimore police department does not identify crime victims, but a neighbor brought their case to the attention of the Sun.

Erika Brockman, who is also the executive director of the Southwest Baltimore Charter School in nearby Pigtown, said the encounter left William Brockman upset, but said they had no plans to move from the area where they've lived for 13 years.

"We have a wonderful neighborhood," she said. She also said they've met others who have been touched by gun violence through their work at the charter school.

"We meet enough families who are coming into contact with gun violence to know that this is a part what it means to live in America these days," she said.

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