Two teens charged after 2-year-old accidentally shoots self

September 27, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A 2-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday after shooting himself in the chest with a handgun he found under a bed, Hagerstown Police said.

The boy's 16-year-old brother, who lives in the apartment where the shooting occurred, and a 17-year-old girl face criminal charges as adults, police said in a news release.

The 2-year-old boy wasn't identified. Police said he was in critical condition at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Police said Marcus Deon Longus, 16, of 12842 Little Elliott Drive, Apt. 7, possessed the gun, which had been reported stolen to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Hagerstown Police Detective Jim Hurd said he thinks the gun was reported stolen from a vehicle in Keedysville a few weeks ago.


Police weren't sure Monday how the gun ended up in Longus' apartment. Hurd called some of the details "a little foggy."

He said the gun was under a bed in the apartment, in plain sight.

After the accidental shooting, Longus' girlfriend -- Fantasia Shanta'l Rivera, 17, of 400 B Park Place, Hagerstown -- removed the gun from the apartment and hid it at an adjacent playground, police alleged.

Longus and Rivera were charged with obstructing and hindering, making a false statement to police, possessing a regulated firearm as a minor and theft of less than $1,000.

Longus also was charged with leaving a loaded firearm where an unsupervised minor could reach it.

Rivera also was charged with wearing, carrying or transporting a handgun.

Police were sent to Longus' apartment, which is near Leitersburg Pike, at about 1:15 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of an injured child.

Officers found the injured child, who was taken to Washington County Hospital, then transferred to Children's National Medical Center, according to a news release.

Police said seven people, including a 6-month-old child, were at the three-room apartment when officers arrived.

Longus and Rivera were in the same room as Longus' younger brother, but apparently weren't paying attention before the boy shot himself, Hurd said.

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