Police investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Pimlico-area youth in the kitchen of his foster home say the victim apparently activated an interior burglar alarm while being chased by his killer.
Northwestern District police, who responded to the alarm about 10:11 a.m. yesterday, checked the house for signs of forced entry and left when none were found. The victim's body was found about 3:18 p.m. when a resident of the house returned home.
Other residents of the house last saw the victim about 8 a.m.
"The police who arrived to check out the alarm had no choice but to leave when nothing suspicious was found," said Detective Sgt. Jay Landsman.
Landsman said Lawrence S. Foster, of the 3500 block of W. Northern Parkway, apparently tripped the burglar alarm while he was being pursued by someone who chased him from the front of the house to the kitchen, where Foster was shot in the top of the head.
Landsman said the victim had lived in the two-story house about two months.
He said Foster's body was found by a 22-year-old female resident about 3 p.m.
"She entered the house with a key," said Landsman, and found the victim dead on the kitchen floor.
Landsman said Foster didn't attend classes yesterday because of a broken leg he had suffered recently.
He said one of Foster's teachers was to have dropped off some test papers for him yesterday.
"She arrived at the house sometime prior to the boy's body being found and rang the doorbell, but no one answered," said Landsman.
Landsman said police who responded to the burglar alarm at the house checked for any signs of forced entry. Finding none, the officers left and made a report about the incident.
"When police respond to a burglar alarm at a house or business," Landsman said, "they look for broken windows, doors ajar or other signs that indicate something is amiss."