Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Teen shot in argument over $2

Juvenile, adult charged, held

he Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP — An argument over a $2 debt prompted a shooting that left a 16-year-old boy hospitalized with three wounds, police said.

        The accused shooter also is a juvenile.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol on Tuesday morningrecovered from a nearby hillside a .38-caliber revolver suspected of being the weapon.

        Marcus Crooms was upgraded to fair condition Tuesday at University Hospital. He initially was listed in critical condition following the Monday night shooting.

        The suspected gunman, a 16-year-old boy, and an 18-year-old accused of being an accomplice, live across the street from where the shooting occurred in the 5600 block of View Point Drive.

        The younger suspect was charged as a juvenile with felo nious assault and was being held at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

        Thomas Freeman, 18, is charged with complicity, a second-degree felony. He was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.




        Mr. Freeman is charged as an adult. He turned 18 on Sunday.

        Police say the three were arguing over the $2 debt when witnesses heard Mr. Freeman yell “kill the (expletive),” according to Mr. Freeman's arrest report.

        At 9:41 p.m., the argument erupted in gunfire.

        Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol spokesman Stephen Barnett said there might have been more shots fired than the three that struck Mr. Crooms.

        Mr. Crooms was shot twice in the back of the shoulder and once in the hip, Mr. Barnett said Tuesday.


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