Bomb attempt aimed at site of shooting Store owner killed alleged robber

March 08, 1993|By Kris Antonelli and Eric Siegel | Kris Antonelli and Eric Siegel,Staff Writers

An apparent firebomb was thrown late last night onto the roof of a neighborhood grocery store in Northwest Baltimore, little more than 24 hours after an alleged robber was shot to death by the owner, authorities reported.

The incendiary device -- apparently a plastic bottle containing gasoline -- caused only slight damage to the roof of the B & K Food Market in the 3000 block of Wylie Ave., firefighters and police said.

No one was in the store when the arson attempt occurred about 11:30 p.m.

According to the owner, Hyong Kun Pak, the gun-toting man he fatally shot Saturday night was the person who robbed him Dec. 29.

"He grabbed my partner and put the gun at his neck," said Mr. Pak, referring to 57-year-old Yun Dok Koo.

In those tense seconds, there was a scuffle, Mr. Pak pulled his own gun from behind a store counter, and Mr. Koo -- standing between two men with drawn guns -- stooped down, just in time to get out of the line of fire.

Mr. Pak said he pulled the trigger.

"I didn't even know if I had hit him. I yelled 'Drop the gun, drop the gun,' " said Mr. Pak. "Then he dropped the gun and fell down and I saw the blood coming from his neck."

The alleged robber, identified as Donald Lee Baker, 18, of the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said no charges had been filed against Mr. Pak, but that the city state's attorney's office would review the incident.

Mr. Pak, who lives in Glen Burnie, said an armed robbery outside his store in 1981 prompted him to buy a .357 magnum handgun.

"I don't like the gun," he said, adding that he began keeping the weapon under the cash register after the Dec. 29 robbery.

In that robbery, Mr. Pak said, the gunman walked in and first brought some merchandise to the counter as if he were going to pay for it.

He grabbed Mr. Koo and said he would kill him if Mr. Pak did not give him all the money.

But Saturday, the robber didn't bother with pretenses, Mr. Pak said. "He just went right for my partner."

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