Boy, 14, charged as adult in school shooting Youth also accused of intending to sell cocaine

February 02, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A story in Friday's editions reported that a 14-year-old boy charged as an adult with shooting at an East Baltimore elementary school had been quoted in a Sun article in August as attending Camp Brightside, a summer camp for inner-city children.

In fact, the Vernon Carter who was mentioned in the August article is not the Vernon Lamont Carter who was charged in the shooting.

The Sun regrets the errors.

A 14-year-old boy was charged as an adult yesterday with attempted first-degree murder after police said he opened fire Wednesday on an East Baltimore elementary school he used to attend, narrowly missing a teacher sitting in a classroom.

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A District Court judge yesterday ordered Vernon Lamont Carter of the 1600 block of May Court held without bail in the City Detention Center.

A city school system spokeswoman said the youngster, who also is charged with intending to sell cocaine, faces an expulsion hearing.

Police Lt. Alan Kogut described the shooting as "deadly serious. This is going to be dealt with."

Police said several people reported seeing the youth fire at least four times on the outside of Charles Carroll of Carrollton Elementary School, in the 200 block of N. Central Ave.

The school has 990 students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

Police found four bullet holes in a window and two slugs in a schoolroom wall.

Joyce Shipley, 48, a teacher, was near a window when the shots rang out.

Shards of glass landed about eight inches from where she was sitting, and police said a bullet missed her by about a foot.

Robyn Washington, a school system spokeswoman, said the Carter youth had been a student at Charles Carroll but recently was placed in classes run by a private company for students having difficulty adjusting.

The youth lives in the low-rise Douglas public housing complex across the street from the four-story school between East Fayette and Orleans streets.

No one answered the door at his home yesterday.

Vernon Carter was quoted in a Sun article in August profiling Camp Brightside, a summer camp in the Adirondacks that gives 20 inner-city children a taste of hiking, canoeing and biking.

During a baseball game, after one child proudly proclaimed that his father had taught him how to play, the Carter youth answered: "No one taught me. I taught myself."

Police were called to the school Wednesday about 11:50 a.m. and met by the principal, Harold Eason, who showed them the bullet holes in Room 123 on the first floor.

Officers found several witnesses, then confronted the suspect outside.

Police said they caught him after he tried to run and hide a .25-caliber Titan pistol near a car tire.

A police spokesman said officers recovered five vials of crack cocaine from the boy's pocket.

The youth also was charged with discharging a handgun, carrying a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute near school property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

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