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Cross Country Runner Shot While Jogging With Teammates

September 17, 1994 GMT

GALION, Ohio (AP) _ A high school cross country runner who had lagged behind her teammates was shot several times and wounded while jogging Friday, police said. A suspect was under arrest.

Maggie Maloy, 15, was listed in serious condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus with six gunshot wounds to her head and chest.

A 21-year-old man was being held in the shooting but had not been charged by late Friday, police Chief Val Young said. Authorities didn’t know if Ms. Maloy knew her assailant.

Authorities had used dogs and helicopters to search a wooded area north of Galion for the suspect, who was believed to be armed with a small-caliber handgun. The arrest was made in the afternoon at a house in Galion, about 50 miles north of Columbus. No weapon was found.

Ms. Maloy, a sophomore, was jogging with the school’s cross country team in the early morning when the shooting occurred.

Police said she had last been seen on the cross country route after the runners turned around and were headed back toward the high school.

The girl was found in nearby woods about 3 1/2 hours after she was last seen.

High School Principal Fritz Caudle said other members of the team did not see anything unusual during the run.