3 teens charged in fatal shooting Victim was defending sister, police say in Federal Hill case

November 04, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

In an article Saturday about a slaying in Federal Hill, it was incorrectly reported based on information from city police that Paul Barnes, 17, was arrested and charged with murder in the case. In fact, the youth has not been arrested or charged.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Three teen-agers were arrested yesterday in connection with Thursday night's fatal shooting in Federal Hill of a man who police said was protecting his sister from a youth wielding a baseball bat.

The suspects -- two from South Baltimore and one from Brooklyn -- were arrested at 11:30 a.m. on railroad tracks south of Camden Yards after police got a tip from a neighborhood resident. Police said they were seeking two more teens last night.

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The shooting, in what police describe as a safe neighborhood with its historic rowhouses and popular taverns and restaurants, has angered residents who said they have complained about unruly teens for months.

Relatives of the victim, Daniel Edward Fawley, 38, who lived in Morrell Park, were shocked, but said the large family raised in South Baltimore understood that he died protecting a sibling.

"He paid the ultimate price for family love," said Mr. Fawley's 25-year-old nephew, Victor Shiflett. "Even if he knew the outcome, he would definitely do it again."

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman, said the shooting arose from a dispute behind Federal Hill Elementary School in the 1000 block of William St. about 8:30 p.m. Five teens approached Mr. Fawley, his older sister and two teens with them.

The teen-agers argued, and Mr. Fawley's sister tried to intervene, Agent Wein hold said. A youth from the group of five began swinging a baseball at her, the agent said.

Police said Mr. Fawley stepped in front of his sister and was shot once in the chest by another youth. He died an hour later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. "Mr. Fawley was merely trying to come to the defense of his sister," Agent Weinhold said.

Mr. Shiflett described his uncle, a truck driver, as "a great man" who "stood up for his family in all kinds of need." He said Mr. Fawley was in Federal Hill visiting his family.

Police said they did not know what the teen-agers were arguing about, but they apparently knew each other and had been

involved in past altercations.

Police identified Thomas Frank Pumphrey, 17, of the 3700 block of 10th St. as the shooting suspect. Also arrested were John Schminke, 16, of the first block of Heath St., and Paul Barnes, 17, of the 1300 block of Clarkson St.

All three were charged as adults with first-degree murder. They were ordered held without bail by a district court commissioner yesterday. A hearing before a judge is scheduled for Monday.

"Whatever it was, I'm sure it was something stupid and wasn't worth a life," said Peter Chrisso, 46, father of the victim's ex-girlfriend and owner of Theodore's Cleaners and Tailors, in the 900 block of Light St. "I couldn't believe it. You never know what to expect any more."

The Fawley family grew up in South Baltimore, where the victim's father, Howard Fawley, still lives. One of the victim's nephews is Officer Bill Shiflett, who patrols in the Southern District.

Mr. Fawley had three children, two teen-agers from a marriage that ended several years ago and a 4-year-old son, Marcus, from his relationship with Mr. Chrisso's daughter, Kimberly Chrisso, 25.

Calling hours at McCully's Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave., are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Southern District Lt. Barry Baker described crime in Federal Hill as low compared with other neighborhoods. This year, there have been been 48 violent crimes recorded in the community, including robberies and assaults. Thursday's shooting was the first homicide this year.

The shooting occurred near rowhouses that sell in the low $100,000 range -- about twice the city average but below the cost of many Federal Hill rowhouses.

Chris O'Hara, a lawyer who lives in the 1000 block of Light St. near where the slaying occurred, said he repeatedly has asked police to rid the area of youngsters who disturb the neighborhood by drinking beer outside.

"I never saw any improvement in terms of a police patrol," Mr. O'Hara said. "One ounce of proactive policing would have prevented this from happening. It was great to see all the police in my neighborhood the other night, but they were only there to clean up."

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