Rock throwing ends in boy's fatal shooting


A 61-year-old East Baltimore man was questioned by homicide investigators last night in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who, police said, was among a group of youths that threw rocks at the man's car.

Police said that several youths were throwing rocks at a late-model car parked in the 1900 block of Homewood St. about 8 p.m. when the owner of the vehicle came out of his house armed with a shotgun.

Apparently without warning, the man fired at least once into the group of youths, hitting one of them in the chest, police said.

The wounded teen-ager, whose name was not immediately known, ran into a nearby alley and collapsed, police said. He was taken by ambulance to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The man went back into his home as a crowd of angry neighbors gathered outside and demanded he come out, police said.

Eastern District officers were on their way to the rock-throwing incident when they received information that someone had been shot.

The officers tried to talk the man into surrendering, but he refused to talk to them or leave the house. The officers then summoned a Quick Response Team and a standoff ensued.

After about three hours, the team used a battering ram to try to break down the front door. But police could not break through but damaged the door so that the man could not open it. Police then ordered him to a second-floor door, where he was arrested. A shotgun was recovered.

The man, apparently the owner of a neighborhood snowball stand, was taken to the homicide unit at police headquarters where he was questioned, police said, adding that charges are pending.

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