Motorist gunned down at gas station Forest Park man is the city's 112th victim this year

no motive found.

May 15, 1991|By Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels | Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Moments after he finished pumping gasoline into the tank of his Nissan Maxima, John Boykin, 46, was gunned down in a hail of bullets.

Homicide Detective Rick James said Boykin, of the 3700 block of Mohawk Ave. in Forest Park, was shot once in the chest and once in the left leg yesterday. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 6 p.m. by the crew of a city Fire Department ambulance.

Boykin was about to drive off after putting gas in his car at the Amoco station at Gwynn Oak and Liberty Heights avenues at about 5:30 p.m., when someone armed with a small caliber semiautomatic weapon, James said.

Two bullets hit Boykin, and several struck the facade of the station, but no employees or other customers were injured.

The killer escaped by running through an alley, said police, who have established no motive in the slaying.

When the dying Boykin slumped in the seat, James said, the car began drifting across the station's apron.

Officer Randy Bull, of the Northwestern District, who had been just a half-block away, arrived at the scene and stopped the car by reaching through the open window and putting the gear shift lever in park.

Bull, along with Officer Charles LaRocco, removed the mortally wounded Boykin from the car but were unable to revive him.

Police found nine empty shell casings near the wall, James said. They appeared to be .22 caliber.

Boykins' slaying raises the city's homicide total to 112 so far this year, compared with 102 at the same time last year, police said.

Meanwhile, police have identified as Troy Leroy Bennett, 20, of the 1900 block of Eutaw Place, the man whose bullet-riddled body was found in Leakin Park early yesterday.

Police said Bennett, who was acquitted in February in the slaying of Warren T. Johnson, 22, also of the 1900 block of Eutaw Place, was found by a jogger about 6 a.m. in the 4600 block of Wetheredsville Road.

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