Boy, 9, wounded as older brother plays with gun Shooting in city home accidental, police say.

February 03, 1992|By Richard Irwin William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

A 9-year-old East Baltimore boy was in critical but stable condition today after he was shot in the chest last night when a handgun his older brother was handling discharged accidentally, police said.

Homicide Detective Earl Etting said the victim, Alonzo Lumpkin Jr., and his brother, James Thomas McNeil, 18, were in the second-floor bathroom of their home in the 1600 block of Ashland Ave. around 9:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

Detective Etting said Mr. McNeil told him he had found the .32-caliber revolver earlier in the day.

The revolver had one live round in the chamber when Mr. McNeil reportedly pointed the gun at his brother and pulled the trigger, according to Detective Etting.

Their mother, who was in another room, heard the shot and rushed into the bathroom, where she found the 9-year-old bleeding from a gunshot wound in his chest, police said. She dialed the emergency number 911 and requested an ambulance.

The wounded child was rushed to the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said.

Detective Etting said police recovered the gun at the house.

He said Mr. McNeil was charged with assault by shooting the Lumpkin boy. The detective said the shooting appeared to be accidental.

Mr. McNeil was held in the Eastern District lockup until a bail hearing early today before a District Court commissioner. The commissioner released Mr. McNeil on his own recognizance. Trial was set for March 3.

Also last night, a 26-year-old West Baltimore man was fatally shot on Brentwood Avenue in East Baltimore, police said.

The city's latest homicide victim, identified as Jimmy Edward Ellis, of the 2300 block of N. Monroe St., was found lying face up in the 1100 block of Brentwood Ave. by uniformed Eastern District officers responding to a report of an injured man about 11 p.m.

Homicide Detective William Ritz said Mr. Ellis was shot once in the back of the head.

A fire department ambulance took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m. by a staff physician.

Detective Ritz said a cousin identified Mr. Ellis at the scene before the victim was taken to the hospital. The cousin had been notified by a friend that Mr. Ellis had been shot.

No evidence was found at the scene that would lead to a motive for the shooting, the detective said.

"It didn't look as though he was a robbery victim," said Detective Ritz, who added that while the area has a history of drug trafficking, there was also no evidence that the slaying was drug related.

About 3 a.m. Saturday, a shooting claimed the life of a Waverly man, police said.

Sherman Wayne Tucker, 33, of the 900 block of Andover Road, opened the front door of a first-floor apartment in the 900 block of N. Broadway and was shot in the abdomen with a shotgun, police said.

Police said they have no motive for the slaying. Mr. Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not known what Mr. Tucker was doing at the apartment or if he was the killer's intended target, police said.

Police said they had no description of the assailant.

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