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Published: Friday, 1/17/2003

Teenager charged in shooting in Spring Meadows apartment

A 17-year-old Springfield Township teenager was charged yesterday in Lucas County Juvenile Court with delinquency in connection with felonious assault with a firearm specification for shooting another teenager Wednesday, authorities said.

The accused, James Ford of 8155 Longworth St., a private group home, was in critical condition yesterday in St. Luke's Hospital with a suspected blood-sugar problem.

The victim, Christopher Carter, 19, who was shot in the abdomen at the Quail Hollow apartments off Spring Meadows Drive West, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Medical College of Ohio Hospitals.

The shooting occurred about 3 p.m. after a fistfight at the victim's home that might have involved a computer, authorities said.

The slug from a 9mm pistol passed through young Carter's body.

The gun belonged to a member of the victim's family, but how it got into the gunman's hands hasn't been determined, authorities said.

Young Ford, a junior in the welding program at the Penta Career Center, is from the Cleveland area.

“He's handcuffed to the bed and we have a deputy there 24 hours,” Lucas County sheriff's Lt. Don Atkinson said. “He's not going anywhere.”

Authorities are going to request that the teenager to be tried as an adult. He's a month away from his 18th birthday, they said.

Young Ford was convicted of a stabbing a relative three years ago in Cuyahoga County and served some time in a detention facility, the lieutenant said.

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