Man slain at Balto. Co. apartments Police seek 2 after ambush in Cockeysville

October 01, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed last night when he was ambushed by two men outside a Cockeysville apartment complex, Baltimore County police said.

Johnny Irvin Bessick of the 700 block of Edgewood St. in West Baltimore had just gotten out of his 1993 Acura Legend to visit his girlfriend at the Wintergreen apartments when he was chased and gunned down about 9:45 p.m., police said.

Residents of the complex, in the 500 block of Lake Vista Circle, said they heard several gunshots.

E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman, said several witnesses heard loud noises and arguing coming from the parking lot and looked out their windows to see Mr. Bessick running across the lawn.

One of the two men chased him around to the side of the building and shot him at least three times, once in the head, Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Bessick collapsed on the grass and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police found at least a dozen shell casing from a large-caliber, semiautomatic handgun.

They were last seen driving east on Cranbrook Road in a gray two-door "sporty-model" car, possibly a Cavalier or a Z-24, police said.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, police said.

Several area residents looked on as police covered the victim's body with a sheet.

They said crime has been on the rise around Cockeysville apartment complexes.

"I don't like it around here lately," said Heather Smith, 18, who lives in the Mays Chapel development. "All this terrible stuff has been happening. It used to be so quiet in Cockeysville. Now there's a lot of drugs and crime.

"This is the first time that I've ever seen a dead body, outside of a funeral home. It's really terrible."

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