The owner of a Gardenville gun shop was shot and killed and another man seriously wounded today in a robbery committed by a gang of four men who stole at least 30 guns, city police said. Police have arrested three men in the robbery and were closing in on a fourth.
Ed Scheuerman, owner of the Northeast Gun Shop at 4921 Belair Road, was pronounced dead at 12:27 p.m. at Francis Scott Key Medical Center. Police said he had been shot in the chest and wrist.
The other man, a salesman whose identity was not known, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police said he had been shot in the back.
Police arrested two men in the alleged getaway car, a 1981 Oldsmobile, about an hour after the 11:40 a.m. robbery in the 1200 block of Clendenin St. They arrested the third in the same block. No other details were available on the hunt for the fourth man.
Between 30 and 40 handguns were taken in what police described as a planned holdup. Police said four men entered the shop in pairs, and at least one of them began shooting while the others began breaking glass showcases holding the handguns.
The four men then ran from the shop to a nearby automobile. Police broadcast a lookout later for a 1981 Oldsmobile with a Maryland license YRL 058.
The shop owner's son, John, who had left the shop shortly before the shooting, discovered the wounded men when he returned, police said.
Portia Davenport, a receptionist at the nearby office, said she had unlocked the office door and let two patients in shortly before the incident at the gun shop. Soon afterward, she heard "all kinds of sirens."
"We never heard a gunshot. Two men were shot, and we never heard anything. It happened so fast," she said.