Shotgun fires, man loses arm

October 03, 1990

A Baltimore man lost his left arm last night after he reached under a sofa bed for a loaded sawed-off shotgun and it discharged, striking him in the shoulder.

City police said Alexander Jeffery Clayton Ceruti, 20, of the 1800 block of E. 30th St. near Clifton Park, was in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital today after doctors amputated his left arm. Investigators said the shooting was accidental.

Police said Ceruti was in a house in the 3900 block of Old York Road in Waverly shortly before 10 p.m. with some friends. He reached under a sofa bed to get the sawed-off, double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun when it went off and nearly severed his arm.

Suffering from severe blood loss, he was rushed to Hopkins by city ambulance and the emergency surgery was performed, police said.

There was no reason given why the illegal weapon was in the house.

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