An incorrect home address for Richard Magruder, 14, was listed in a news account yesterday that reported his fatal shooting. The correct address is 649 Columbia Rd. N.W.
A 14-year-old Northwest Washington youth was fatally shot in the chest with a small-caliber handgun yesterday while visiting in the Washington home of a 17-year-old friend, D.C. police reported.
The victim was identified as Richard Magruder of 629 Columbia Rd. NW. Police said he was shot about 4:35 p.m. They said the friend, a student at Cardozo High School, was arrested and charged in the death as a juvenile.
Police said the suspect's father had been shot and fatally wounded during an altercation in front of a night club in the 1900 block of 14th Street NW on Nov. 30, 1977.
The gun involved in yesterday's incident had been purchased by the suspect who brought it into the house, police said.
"I told them never to bring guns in this house," the suspect's mother said yesterday in an interview. "Don't they know that (the suspect's father) was killed with a gun?" she asked.
The woman said her son and the slain youth were good friends. She said she knew the victim's mother and grandmother.
"I don't believe this has happened," she said, tearfully, as she paced about her house. "I don't believe this has happened.
"Richard was just a baby. He was 14, but he was just a baby."
The mother, who was not home at the time the shooting occurred, was told of it by relatives when she arrived home from work about 6:30 p.m.
One of the suspect's aunts, who had been in the house when the incident occurred, told police she heard a shot and went to the second-floor bedroom.
She said she found Magruder lying unconscious there on the floor, according to police.