Police seek car possibly linked to killings Police on alert for car spotted at gun shop on the day 2 sisters were killed.

October 21, 1991|By Alisa Samuels and Bruce Reid | Alisa Samuels and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff

Police today were searching for a gray Chevrolet Camaro that may have been involved in the robbery and shooting that killed two elderly women at a Havre de Grace sporting goods shop Friday.

State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson said witnesses saw the car, a mid-1970s model, near the shop at the time of the robbery. He said police throughout the Baltimore region have been alerted.

Jackson added that investigators from the Havre de Grace Police Department, State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms today were continuing to seek leads by questioning people in nearby businesses, including customers in local restaurants.

"We're going to remain in the neighborhood until we feel comfortable that we have gathered as much information as we can," Jackson said. "We have no firm leads."

"We have no witnesses who observed the crime . . . so we really have very little information," said Trooper Jerry McCormack.

Shop owner Bessie Urban Mitchell, 73, of Havre de Grace, and her sister, Emily Urban Hamby, 75, of Aberdeen, were killed after at least one armed man entered the Sportsman's Center at Legion and Otsego streets shortly before 1 p.m. Friday.

Jackson said there were no signs of a struggle between an assailant and the victims.

Police also were searching for records that would help them determine the number of guns stolen from the shop. An undetermined amount of cash also was taken.

A search of the store failed to turn up records of the missing guns. But police are unsure whether the records were stolen during the robbery. It is possible Mitchell may have kept the records elsewhere, McCormack said.

The store had been a fixture in Havre de Grace for two decades. Last year, Mitchell took over the store when her husband died. Her sister helped out.

A joint mass of Christian burial for Mitchell and Hamby will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church on Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace. They will be buried in Angel Hill Cemetery.

"She was a nice lady, sort of feisty," said Mitchell's friend and neighbor, Norge G. Angelucci, 65. "She didn't take a whole lot of guff off of anybody.

"The whole town was shocked," he said. "Things like that don't happen in small towns. Well, not supposed to. They happen in the big city."

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