Would-be robber wielding umbrella is shot, wounded

October 14, 1990|By Ginger Thompson

A would-be robber brandishing an umbrella at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Parkville was shot four times yesterday by the restaurant's owner, Baltimore County police said.

Police said the shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m., minutes after a man walked into the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the 7300 block of McLean Boulevard and demanded money from a cashier.

The man was threatening employees with what appeared to be a sawed-off rifle or shotgun that was covered with a towel, police said.

Denise Webster, 31, opened the cash register and began taking out money. She dropped some cash, and police said the robber started to yell.

The restaurant owner, Michael W. Savage, 46, was in a back room and heard the commotion. He came out with a .38-caliber handgun.

Police said the suspect grabbed Ms. Webster around the neck.

When Ms. Webster tried to shake herself away, Mr. Savage fired his weapon. He then discovered the man was holding only an umbrella.

Gary Burrell, 30, of the 1500 block of East Cold Spring Lane was in critical but stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with bullet wounds in the chest and the left arm, hospital officials said.

Police said charges were pending in the case and awaited Mr. Burrell's release. No charges had been filed against the owner of the restaurant.

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