Man shot in theater by stranger

November 05, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 21-year-old man was in serious but stable condition today at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore after he was shot in the chest last night inside a movie at Golden Ring Mall, Baltimore County police said.

According to Officer Scott Harclerode of the White Marsh District, Clinton Anderson Jr., of the 1600 block of E. 33rd St. in the city, and his cousin had left one movie in the mall in the 6400 block of Rossville Blvd. and were standing in line for another movie when the cousin asked a man standing nearby for the time.

Harclerode said Anderson and his cousin then entered the movie and took seats several rows apart.

About 9:55 p.m., Anderson got up from his seat and was walking back to his cousin to ask if he wanted to sit with him when a man armed with a handgun stepped out from a partition behind the last row of seats and shot Anderson in the left chest, Harclerode said.

The cousin later told police that the gunman was the same man whom he had asked for the time. He said he thought he heard the gunman say to the victim, "I'm going to kill you."

Harclerode said the movie had just begun when Anderson was '' shot and that the audience was unaware of the incident and remained seated.

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