Gunman Kills 1, Self At Car Dealer

October 12, 1990|By Larry Carsonand Thomas W. Waldron | Larry Carsonand Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun StaffEvening Sun Staff

A mechanic who left his job at a Woodlawn car dealership after a disagreement three days ago with management walked into the dealer's service area just before noon today and opened fire on his former co-workers with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, killing one and wounding two others, police said.

Baltimore County police said the man then turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting took place at the Fox Chevrolet dealership in the 6600 block of Security Blvd.

The victims were all males, and all were employees of the business.

No customers were injured, police said.

The two wounded men were flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore. One of the men was thought to be seriously wounded.

None of the people killed or injured were immediately identified. The handgun was found on the ground next to the gunman's body.

E. Jay Miller, county police spokesman, said the gunman was walking near one of the service bay areas when one of the supervisors came out of an office and the gunman shot him. He then turned and turn shot a second supervisor.

Those wounded were identified as the general manager and the service manager.

Then, he shot a mechanic in the head, killing him. The dead mechanic had been standing next to a customer, who ducked behind a car.

The man then shot himself.

Police said Security Boulevard in front of the dealership was closed to traffic to allow two State Police Med-Evac helicopters to land so they could transport the wounded to the hospital.

There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Another mechanic said, "Obviously, he went a little nutsy. The guy obviously went a little nuts. He did a job the other day. He didn't do it right. They wanted him to it again, but he didn't want to do it, so he quit. Obviously, he held a little bit of a grudge about that."

Miller said the gunman had left his job under a "mutual agreement."

Dozens of onlookers were at the scene today. Some employees appeared to be dazed and some were in tears.

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