10-year-old critical after being hit by stray bullet

Boy had been sitting with father on steps of their west-side home

July 16, 2002|By Richard Irwin and Johnathon E. Briggs | Richard Irwin and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A 10-year-old boy was in critical condition last night at the pediatric trauma unit of Johns Hopkins Childrens Center after being struck in the neck by a stray bullet as he sat with his father on the front steps of their West Baltimore rowhouse, police said.

Tevon Montrel Davis was sitting on the steps of his home in the 1900 block of W. Fairmont Ave. about 9:15 p.m. when a gunman chased four men into the area. The man fired at least three shots. One struck Tevon in the neck, according to police and eyewitness accounts.

No other injuries were reported.

After the shooting, the bleeding boy ran into his house, followed by his father, Rodney Harden, and collapsed on the living room floor, neighbors said.

His mother went to his aid, but seeing the severity of the wound, Harden gathered his son in his arms. He ran nearly two blocks to Bon Secours Hospital emergency room in the 2000 block of W. Fayette St.

The boy, bleeding profusely, was rushed into the emergency room, where his condition was stabilized before he was transported to Johns Hopkins by ambulance.

Shawnette Walker, 29, who lives next door to Tevon, said she was sitting on her steps when a Jeep Cherokee arrived in the 1900 block of Fairmount Ave. She said four men got out and walked east to the 100 block of S. Monroe St. and began arguing, police said.

Seconds later, Walker said, the men came running back in the direction of the Jeep, pursued by someone firing a handgun.

The four men escaped in the Jeep and the gunman fled on foot. Police said they did not know what provoked the argument, but noted the area is known for drug trafficking.

The shooting is being investigated by the Western District criminal investigation division and homicide detectives.

The shooting occurs less than a week after Mayor Martin OMalley expressed concern about the recent spike in juvenile homicides, saying he did not want Baltimore to be the capital of juvenile murder in America.

Sixteen youths were killed during the first six months of the year almost double the nine killed during the same period last year. In 2000, eight juveniles were killed from January through June. (The statistics do not include victims of child abuse.)

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