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Man Who Shot Actor Convicted

October 9, 1997 GMT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ A teen-ager was convicted of attempted premeditated murder in the shooting of ``Step by Step″ TV star Brandon Call.

After a two-week trial, a jury on Wednesday found 19-year-old Tommy Eugene Lewis guilty in the Sept. 3, 1996, shooting. He faces up to two life sentences without possibility of parole when sentenced Oct. 31.

Call, now 20, was driving when he noticed another vehicle tailgating him. The actor turned down a side street in an effort to lose the menacing motorist, but it was a dead-end road. Lewis fired six times at Call’s vehicle, wounding the actor on both arms.


Call plays J.T. Lambert on ``Step by Step,″ the CBS sitcom about two single parents who married each other. He’s also known for his 1989-1990 role as Hobie, the son of the David Hasselhoff character on ``Baywatch.″

Call’s manager, Louis Bershad, said Thursday that the actor had no comment.