Boy, 13, fatally shot in Harford Co. home


A teen-age boy was fatally shot last night in the bedroom of his home in Level, said a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Edward Hopkins said James Irwin Ashby, 13, and his brother, 14, were in a second-floor bedroom of their home in the 700 block of Craigs Corner Road about 6: 30 p.m. when a firearm that the older boy was allegedly handling discharged, fatally striking James in the head.

The brother, whose name was not released, dialed 911 and reported the shooting, telling a dispatcher it was an accident, Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the boys' parents were not home but that a sister, 18, and an infant were in another part of the house.

Hopkins said several weapons were in the house but it was not immediately known which of them discharged.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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