Boy, 10, to recover from gunshot to neck

July 18, 2002|By Jay Parsons | Jay Parsons,SUN STAFF

Tevin Montrel Davis, the 10-year-old West Baltimore boy shot in the neck Monday night during a gunfight in his neighborhood, got good news from his doctors yesterday - as well as a visit from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas.

The child is expected to recover completely and is listed in good condition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. His parents, who were worried after the attack that Tevin may have been paralyzed, said they were relieved.

"We feel good," said Tevin's mother, Antoinette Davis. "I'm still mad and stressed, but hopefully they'll catch the person and it'll all be over."

Tevin got a surprise visit yesterday from Thomas, a young Ravens linebacker who had learned about the shooting from news accounts. The visit was prompted by a picture in the newspaper yesterday that showed Tevin's father, Rodney Harden, wearing a Ravens T-shirt, Ravens officials said.

Thomas gave Tevin a Ravens hat and lifted his spirits, the boy's mother and others said.

The bullet that pierced Tevin's neck went through his mouth while he attempted to flee gunfire Monday near his home in the 1900 block of W. Fairmount Ave. Neighbors said several men had been arguing nearby in what appeared to be a drug-related dispute.

Police have not made any arrests and have no suspects in the shooting, a spokeswoman said. Tevin was shot shortly after riding his bike with friends in his neighborhood, which has been hard-hit by drug crime.

Four men parked a Jeep Cherokee nearby and later exchanged gunfire with six or seven people on the corner at Monroe Street, police said. It appeared none of them was shot.

Harden carried Tevin two blocks to Bon Secours Hospital emergency room. After doctors stabilized him, the boy was transferred to Hopkins.

His parents said Tevin had no feeling in his right side Monday night and feared he was paralyzed. But by late Tuesday, Tevin was upgraded to good condition and doctors told the parents Tevin was not paralyzed.

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