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Donzell Baylor, D.C. man convicted of attempted murder in Christmas Eve '09 confrontation

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A D.C. man was convicted of attempted murder Thursday stemming from a confrontation on Christmas Eve in 2009, during which he shot a teenager in the chest in Northwest.

Donzell Baylor, 21, confronted a 17-year-old in the 300 block of 50th Street around 5:15 p.m. on December 24, 2009. After a brief conversation, Baylor pulled out a 9-millimeter gun and shot the victim in the chest from close range. He attempted to fire again, but his weapon jammed. A chase ensued as Baylor tried to fire at the victim yet again. Eventually, the victim hid behind a child, which dissuaded Baylor from firing again, police say.

The victim was taken to a local trauma center, where they were treated for internal bleeding. The victim was hospitalized for three weeks and later released.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Baylor is charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault while armed, and weapons offenses. He is to be sentenced on September 7, 2011, and faces at least five years in prison and could be incarcerated for up to 30 years.

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