Parole agent, 61, shot by a robber near gas station

November 09, 1993|By Michael James and Richard Irwin | Michael James and Richard Irwin,Staff Writers

An off-duty federal Parole and Probation agent was shot and wounded last night by a robber who accosted him at a pay phone at a Baltimore service station, police said.

Charles Harris, 61, was either on the phone or about to make a call about 9:05 p.m. when at least one unidentified man came up to him and demanded money, police said. The Crown station is in the 2600 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Mr. Harris was shot in the arm and stomach with a .45-caliber handgun. Police said they are unsure whether he was hit by two bullets or whether one bullet passed through his arm and struck his body. It was not known if the agent was armed.

Mr. Harris was in serious but stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police are seeking three men who were seen driving from the scene in a white compact car with a sunroof heading south on Gwynns Falls Parkway toward Windsor Avenue.

A car fitting that description was found abandoned several blocks away. Inside, police found a lot of blood, leading them to believe that at least one of the men may have been shot, possibly in the leg.

"The blood was found where someone's leg would have been positioned in the car," one police officer said.

Area police departments were put on alert to investigate anyone requiring medical attention at hospitals for a bullet wound.

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