16-year-old, second person die in shootings


Two people were slain in separate Baltimore shootings yesterday, including a 16-year-old shot at a house by a teen-age friend who claimed the gun accidentally fired while he was inspecting it, city police reported.

Donte L. Johnson of the 100 block of N. Aisquith St., was visiting a 15-year-old friend at a home in the 1300 block of E. Fayette St. when he was shot around 3 p.m., said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, said he had been checking a .38-caliber pistol when it discharged, the bullet hitting the Johnson youth in the upper back, Mr. Ringgold said.

Police charged the 15-year-old with manslaughter, handgun violations, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and reckless endangerment.

Investigators are trying to determine who owned the gun.

The other fatal shooting occurred about 5:10 p.m. at a house in the 3900 block of Fait Ave. in East Baltimore, police said. Donald Bornman, 32, appeared to have been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Mr. Bornman was found on the living room floor, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide at 396-2100.

The deaths bring the city's 1993 homicide total to 174, compared with 154 killings at the corresponding time last year, when the city broke its record for murders with 335.

Police reported that a nonfatal double shooting occurred about 4:35 p.m. yesterday in the 800 block of N. Gilmor St., where two men on home detention were struck when a man opened fire on them in the doorway of the house.

The victims, Frederick Ruffin, 18, and Antoine Scott, 19, both of whom live at the house, had recently been released from jail where they were being held on handgun charges, police said.

Mr. Ruffin was shot in the buttocks and Mr. Scott in one of his hands; both were in stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

That shooting apparently stemmed from a telephone argument the two men had earlier in the day with an acquaintance, police said.

The man showed up at the Gilmor Street house and demanded to know why the two men "disrespected him," police said.

After words were exchanged, the man pulled out a gun and shot both men, police said.

No one had been arrested last night, police said.

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