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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Toddler shot with fed agent's stolen gun

By Washington Post editors

Police say a handgun that critically injured a Hagerstown toddler was reported stolen about three weeks earlier from the glove compartment of a federal law enforcement officer’s car outside his Keedysville home.

Court documents filed by Hagerstown police don’t say how the .40-caliber Glock pistol ended up under a bed in the Hagerstown apartment where a 2-year-old found it and accidentally shot himself in the chest early Monday morning.

Marcus Longus, 16, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Fantasia Rivera have been charged as adults with theft and firearm violations in the incident.

They are scheduled for hearings on Oct. 12 on whether their cases will remain in adult criminal court or be transferred to juvenile court.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 29, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Forget the two who were charged, how's the child?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 29, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Karma in action *shakes head*.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | September 29, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

How incredibly stupid and careless!

Posted by: PepperDr | September 29, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree how is the baby doing.

Posted by: dbarnes1 | September 29, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Why would a police officer or anyone leave a gun inside of a car, locked or other wise? Crime is EVERY WHERE did he think that it would not happen to him, just plain stupid on the police officer.

Posted by: onesugar | September 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Who was the moron who left his service pistol, in an unlocked glovebox, outside of his home?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | September 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, how did a 17 year old get his thieving hands on an officer's gun? And his equally stupid girlfriend, who never should have allowed a gun around her son, didn't put it where the baby couldn't reach it? The couple belong with each other but the child should be removed. And don't give him to a relative. I hope the baby's OK.

Posted by: skinfreak | September 29, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Clearly no parental supervision. The 16 year old had a stolen Glock under his bed. I wonder whether this teenager has a record of problems at school.

Posted by: JohnRice | September 29, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

They both should also be charged w/ child endangerment or child neglect.

Posted by: justus123 | September 29, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Stick those two idiots in G-Pop and let the other yardbirds have at 'em when they find out that a little kid was shot, especially if the poor little one doesn't make it!

Posted by: dragondancer1814 | September 29, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Poor child! The deck of life is stacked against him/her.

Posted by: kevnet | September 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

A whole lot of blame to spread around here. we could logically start with contributory negligence on the part of the Federal law enforcement official who left a firearm unattended in his vehicle and go from there.

Posted by: slim2 | September 29, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Additional details from the Hagarstown Paper.

The federal law enforcement officer to whom the weapon belonged works at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., according to the sheriff’s office.

The boy, Mario Isaih Longus, remained in critical condition Wednesday at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., police said.

The boy shot himself in the chest after finding the gun under a bed, police have said.

An investigation into the shooting resulted in the arrests of the boy’s 16-year-old brother, Marcus Deon Longus, who lived in the apartment, and his girlfriend, Fantasia Shantal Rivera, 17, police said.

Longus and Rivera each were charged with obstructing police, false statements to police, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a handgun on a person and theft of less than $1,000, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. Longus also was charged with leaving a loaded firearm where an unsupervised minor could gain access, the statement said.

Police determined there were nine people in the apartment at the time of the shooting, which was reported at 1:16 a.m.

The boy’s mother, Danita Longus, told officers that four people, including Marcus Longus and Rivera, were awake in the living room at the time of the shooting, the statement of probable cause said. Danita Longus told police she did not know how her son was shot and that she did not believe there were any guns in the apartment, the statement said.

A search of the apartment, however, turned up a holster for a Glock inside a purse hanging in the closet of the bedroom where the boy was shot, the statement said. Detectives determined that Marcus Longus and Rivera were in a bedroom with Longus’ sister Kendra, 19, and her boyfriend, Mike King, documents show.

Also in the room was the 2-year-old, who Kendra Longus said reached under his bed, at which time they heard the gun go off, the statement said.

Marcus Longus told police he found the gun a few days earlier in his sister’s bedroom closet but said he couldn’t explain how the gun got into the apartment, court documents show.

Marcus Longus told police he put the gun under a bed in his sister’s bedroom, the statement said. He told police he wrapped the gun in a cloth after the shooting and that Rivera took it and left the apartment, according to documents.

Rivera told police she took the gun to a playground area in the apartment complex and put it in a stormwater pipe, the statement said.

No charges have been filed against anyone else at this point, Lt. Mike King of the Hagerstown Police Department said

Posted by: dlpetersdc | September 29, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

When a police officer leaves a service weapon unattended in the glove compartment of his private car, it makes me wonder if there a larger problem with police training or discipline.

Every responsible weapon owner knows: you never, ever leave a weapon unattended in your car (unless your car is specially built to secure weapons safely).

Posted by: vfr2dca | September 29, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

A few comments and a lot of questions:

A Glock has no safety. If a round is chambered and you pull the trigger, it will fire. However, if you drop it, it will not fire. So one must assume a round was chambered, and the 2 year old pulled the trigger or it got caught on something as he played with it.

Now how about a 16 year old Marcus and a 17 year old Fantasia living together and stealing stuff like guns. Sound normal? Where are the preachers and protesters?

Again the mother of the baby Kendra, what is her relationship to Marcus? Who is the father of the baby. Where the heck was he!! Again where are the community organizers, the speechifiers?

And what idiot "law enforcer" would leave a loaded hand-gun in an unlocked glove compartment? Sound normal? Should discipline charges be filed against this "officer"?

And how about the details of the perps...the usual "just the facts ma'am" law enforcement style, who, what, when, where, why. Presumably uncensored for political correctness. Don't wait for WaPo for this...they don't do crime reporting, they do touchy-feely policitical hoochi-goo...go to the internet and find out.

Posted by: wjc1va | September 29, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll add one other thing...a 2 year old pulls out a Glock and pulls the trigger. It's possible...2 year olds are devilishly strong and curious... It's also possible idiot 16 year old was playing with the gun, pretending to be "the man" and pulled the trigger himself shooting the toodler. I'd bet on this possiblity rather than blaming it on the kid.

Posted by: wjc1va | September 29, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Like the old saying goes karma is a ......

Posted by: POLOinDC | September 29, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Are the teenagers related to the toddler? How? I know this is a breaking news blog, so you probably don't have to meet standards of regular journalism, but this item leaves some important questions unanswered.

Posted by: pundito | September 29, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

A trial cannot lay upon this errant pair blame that matches the onus they have placed upon themselves. As long as these two breathe, they will be immured in a dank cell of their own making. Let us hope the baby survived.

Posted by: Martial | September 29, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe a 2 year old could do that. The trigger mechanism requires a heavy pull, and you have to know how to operate the trigger. A Glock has a safety that requires your finger to rest on the trigger in a certain way for it to work properly and it weighs about 2.5 pounds. Besides, a 2 year old's arms aren't long enough to permit the barrel of the pistol to point at its chest when its fingers are on the trigger.

Posted by: blasmaic | September 30, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

"Police say a handgun that critically injured a Hagerstown toddler was reported stolen about three weeks earlier from the glove compartment of a federal law enforcement officer’s car outside his Keedysville home."

No gun control law will prevent stupid law enforcement officers from doing stupid things.

Posted by: ahashburn | September 30, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

In hope all those people who claimed in the earlier comment page that it was the NRA's fault are ashamed of themselves now.

Posted by: k_romulus | September 30, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to know how the toddler is doing? I've been following this story and have yet to hear any update on the child. I really hope the poor little guy makes it.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | September 30, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I love how people are jumping to the conclusion that the car or the glove box was unlocked. They both could have been locked and the thief could have broken into both.

Also, some law enforcement weapons have lower trigger pressure than normal guns.

Posted by: dtysko | September 30, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The glove compartment was LOCKED and the vehicle doors were LOCKED. Double break-in. That must have been one obsessed thief.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | September 30, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

blasmaic -- you have no idea what you're talking about.

1. A loaded Glock 22 weighs a hair over 2.1 pounds

2. The Glock safety trigger is just a 2 piece trigger -- a small safety lever is in the middle so only about 1/8th of an inch of finger (or 2 year old toe) needs to make contact to disengage the safety.

3. The trigger pull on a Glock is only about 5.5 pounds. Not very much.

4. A very popular modification for Glocks is the installation of a 3.5 pound connector, dramatically lightening the trigger pull.

A 2 year old could easily fire one.

Posted by: IwanaGofishing | September 30, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The facts are just the opposite. LEOs usually choose models with heavier trigger pulls than the standard pistol. "Double action only" models were created for law enforcement because of their concerns about safety and liability for negligent discharges. For example, the standard Glock has a 5 pound trigger pull while the Glock used by the NYPD has a 12 pound trigger pull.
Also, some law enforcement weapons have lower trigger pressure than normal guns.

Posted by: dtysko | September 30, 2010 9:59 AM |

Posted by: buffysummers | September 30, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Where to start on this one...
Why was a 2 year old up at 1:15 am? Why was a 16 year old up at 1:15 am? Why was the 17 year old girlfrined living there? Why did the 16 year old have a stolen gun? Why did his girlfriend hide it at a playground? How did the 16 year old get the gun? And on and on...
I live in the area...this happened in Hagerstown's equivalent of the projects so NONE of this is surprising.
Obviously, the officer didn't expect his vehicle to be broken into and the weapon stolen. Careless absolutely but Keedysville in not an area with any significant crime.
This is about responsible parenting(or lack thereof). Its seems pretty apparent that having a 16 year old live there with his 17 year old girlfriend no one is doing any kind of parenting. A 2 year old up at that hour? REAL responsible parenting there.
Were I prosecuting this case I'd turn the heat so high on that 16 year old to find out everyone involved in the gun purchase he'd have NO choice but to talk.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 30, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Pretty typical. If you have a gun in the house with kids, you have a pretty good chance of an accident. Even if you're not a 16-year old. Look at the stats- kids and guns don't mix. You're much more likely to die from the gun in your house than from an intruder.

Posted by: DJMonet | September 30, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Tragic. People are so stupid. If you're going to steal guns, be sure to keep them away from your kids.

Posted by: brandip_77 | September 30, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

dtysko -- Glocks aren't DAO. They're sort of a hybrid SAO. When you rack the slide it cocks the striker. Try firing a Glock twice on an empty chamber. You can't. You have to rack the slide again.

Oh, and the NY #2 spring is only rated at 11 pounds, not 12...and it's arguably a moronic thing to do to a gun. A heavier trigger pull decreases accuracy.

Posted by: IwanaGofishing | September 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This is wrong from all aspects. First and most importantly is the so called Fed officer that leaves a Loaded weapon in his car even if it was locked in the dash, cmon give me a break! Why even bother locking the dash they are plastic and cardboard which makes it the most IDIOTIC thing I have EVER heard. He should be dealt with and punished for his poor decision making. Is he that Lazy that he cant take the weapon in his home? What Facility is he protecting? I hope its something that has nothing of importance. All the other stupid things that have happened with this story would not of happened if the weapon was secured properly. Are we training these IDiots or are we just giving anyone a job and weapon and paying them??? He had armed a criminal with a deadly weapon and now a two year olds life hangs in the balance. The CRime that was comitted was on the officer not the 16 or 17 year old. Have they even determined if they were the ones that stole the weapon or did they obtain it some other way. How did they get in the vehicle and why wasnt it secured in the vehicle? A dash compartment is not securing it !!! Well maybe if you are trying to keep out a two year old and now that is exactly what he did because the two year olds life will be changed forever due to his lack of training and responsibility. I dont understand how someone could leave a weapon Loaded in a vehicle and go in their home and sleep at nite. Charges need to brought to the responsible person.

Posted by: wizardsfan | October 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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