Man slain, 2nd hurt in Jessup shooting Truckers intervene in quarrel, are shot.

February 19, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Joe Nawrozki contributed to this story.

A trucker fatally shot one man and seriously wounded another early today in the lounge at the Truckers' Inn in Jessup, Howard County police reported.

The names of the victims, who are from out of state, were being withheld pending notification of their families, police said.

Police said the wounded man was in serious condition at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Tommy Ray Robinson, 41, who gave addresses in California and Colorado, was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, attempted murder and related handgun charges in the shootings, police said.

Robinson was being held without bail at the county detention center.

Police said a trucker was arguing with his girlfriend inside the 18 Wheeler Lounge at the Truckers' Inn, Md. 175 near U.S. 1, shortly before 11 p.m. He was told by several other truck drivers to quiet down and leave the woman alone.

Police said the argument between the couple continued a few more minutes before the man got up and hurriedly left the restaurant, leaving the woman behind.

About an hour later, police said, the man returned to the lounge wearing a camouflage mask over his face and carrying a large-caliber, semiautomatic handgun that police described as an assault pistol.

They said the man approached his girlfriend, who was seated in a booth, and was forcing her to accompany him from the lounge when two truck drivers, who had admonished the man earlier, left their seats and followed the couple.

As the armed man and the woman neared the lounge's front door, the gunman turned and fired at least two shots, wounding both truck drivers, one fatally, police said.

Police said the armed man and the woman then got into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer and headed west toward Interstate 95.

County police and state troopers who went to the inn were given a description of the truck, which was broadcast over the air.

Moments later, county Officer Robert Rutledge spotted the truck, overturned on the ramp leading from Md. 175 to southbound I-95.

Rutledge arrested the driver without incident.

Neither the driver nor the woman was injured when the rig overturned, authorities said.

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