Youth fatally shoots himself with shotgun 12-year-old boy found loaded weapon in alley

July 13, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 12-year-old South Baltimore boy fatally shot himself yesterday with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun that he and a playmate found in an alley behind the playmate's home in the 1800 block of W. Franklin St., police said.

Police identified the dead youth as Calvin "Juicy" Fair, 12, of the 1800 block of Wilhelm St., who would have been a seventh-grade student at Calverton Middle School in the fall.

"The shooting appears to be an accident and is under investigation by the homicide squad," said police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr.

He said police were attempting to learn how and why the shotgun was left in the alley.

Police said Calvin and his friend, Robert Foye, 13, were playing in the alley behind Robert's house shortly before 5 p.m. when one of them found the discarded weapon, which was loaded.

Police said the boys entered Robert's house and were in the kitchen when the weapon discharged while Calvin was apparently handling it, blasting away a portion of his left arm and wounding him in the chest.

Police said the youth lost a large amount of blood and was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Robert was not injured.

Vanessa Foye, Robert's mother, said she was upstairs when she heard the shot.

"I ran into the kitchen and saw Juicy on the floor, and there was an awful lot of blood," she said. Outside her Wilhelm Street home, about a dozen blocks from where her son died, Calvin's mother, Phyllis Willis, tearfully talked to friends. She said she was home when a friend of her son told her he had been shot.

Willis said when she arrived at the scene, police told her that her son was dead but wouldn't allow her into the house. "I just wanted to see him for a minute," Willis said.

Pub Date: 7/13/98

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