Uncle of boy who shot self charged with gun violations Owner of weapon used by child is a felon

April 25, 1996|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A man whose 3-year-old nephew shot himself in the head Tuesday with a gun the man kept under a mattress at their northeast Baltimore home is a convicted felon and faces prosecution in handgun violations, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

Devon A. Marshall, 25, of the 3300 block of Kenyon Ave. has been charged with keeping an unsecured firearm within reach of a child, city police said. A warrant obtained by police this month charges him with battery and carrying a handgun, alleged offenses that are unrelated to Tuesday's shooting.

Mr. Marshall's nephew, Charles Mangum, found the .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun under a mattress in a second-floor bedroom, police said. The boy's grandmother was in the house at the time; Mr. Mangum was not at home.

Police said the gun discharged while Charles held it. The boy remained in critical but stable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Mr. Marshall was being held yesterday at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center on $2,500 bail.

In February 1991, he was convicted of assault with intent to murder in Baltimore Circuit Court and received a five-year sentence. All but four months of the sentence was suspended, and he received three years of probation, court records show.

Under federal law, a convicted felon is forbidden from possessing a firearm unless approval is obtained, said first assistant U.S. Attorney Gary P. Jordan. However, no decision had been made yesterday on whether to charge Mr. Marshall with such a violation.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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