Suspect in shooting held without bail

April 17, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A 41-year-old man was ordered held without bail yesterday after being charged with Thursday's robbery and shooting of a West Baltimore liquor store owner, city police reported.

Alfred Eldridge of the 100 block of N. Aisquith St. was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, a felony handgun charge, maiming, burglary and possession of a shotgun with an altered serial number, said Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman.

Mr. Eldridge appeared before a District Court commissioner, who ordered him held without bail. He is scheduled for a bail review hearing Monday at Wabash District Court.

Police said Mr. Eldridge was charged with shooting Nelson Saul Hoffman, 43, of Mount Washington, during a robbery in the 1300 block of N. Fulton Ave. Mr. Hoffman was confronted by three men as he got of his car in front of Fox's Cut Rate Liquors, a business he owns with his brother.

Mr. Hoffman was shot in the upper right shoulder with a single blastfrom a 12-gauge shotgun. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was reported in critical but stable condition last night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Mr. Eldridge, the alleged gunman, was arrested moments after the robbery when he jumped into a yard while fleeing from police and was mauled by a Rottweiler named Psycho, police said.

Most -- if not all -- of the approximately $30,000 in stolen money was recovered, police said.

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