Sykesville boy wounded by gun of friend's father State police investigating teen's access to weapon of Secret Service agent

June 29, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 14-year-old Sykesville boy was seriously wounded by a 13-year-old friend Thursday after being shot with a gun owned by the younger teen's father, a Secret Service agent, police officials said yesterday.

The injured teen-ager, Gregory Henry Will of the 100 block of Taft Terrace, was shot once in the neck with a 9 mm pistol, state police said.

They did not identify the gun owner or his 13-year-old son.

The boy was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remained in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Police say the shooting appeared to be accidental, but a state police spokeswoman said the shooting is being investigated.

Jim Washington, a spokesman for the Baltimore office of the Secret Service, said he could not comment on a personnel matter. He referred all questions to the state police.

Investigators said the boys called 911 about 8 p.m., immediately after one round discharged from the weapon while they were handling it.

Jerry F. Barnes, state's attorney for Carroll County, said yesterday that he asked state police to investigate whether charges should be filed against the 13-year-old's father for permitting access to the handgun.

Barnes said he did not yet know who owned the weapon, but two police officials, who asked not to be identified, independently confirmed that the gun owner is employed by the Secret Service.

"I can say that if the gun was not properly secured, the matter will be prosecuted," Barnes said.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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