Man dies after shooting self in the head

October 17, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 19-year-old Brooklyn man died last night at the University of Maryland Medical Center after shooting himself in the head with a small-caliber semiautomatic handgun he had found, police said.

Homicide Detective William Ritz said that about 11 p.m., Roy Rowe Jr., was standing in the living room of his home in the 3600 block of 5th St., and playing with a .25-caliber Titan-brand handgun.

Rowe placed the weapon to the right side of his head and pulled the trigger, Ritz said.

The detective said several of Rowe's friends witnessed the incident and fled, screaming for someone to call an ambulance.

Rowe, who lived in the house with several other young people, was rushed by ambulance to University, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m., Ritz said.

Witnesses told Ritz that Rowe told them he had found the gun in a paper bag Tuesday and had kept it in a closet at his home.

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