2 bandits shot, 1 dies in Woodlawn holdup

December 03, 1993|By Michael James and David Michael Ettlin | Michael James and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writers Staff Writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

An off-duty Baltimore police sergeant shot and killed one gunman and seriously wounded another last night in a lobby shootout that ended a robbery attempt at a Woodlawn motel, Baltimore County police said.

Sgt. Kenneth Anderson, who was moonlighting as a guard at the Days Inn in the 6700 block of Security Blvd., was wounded in the left hand during the gunfight, and a motel patron was shot in the legs.

The gunfire nearly emptied the adjoining Pargo's restaurant, separated from the lobby only by a connecting door. Customers rushed to the exits, leaving about $600 worth of food on their tables and bills unpaid, according to police.

Sergeant Anderson, 42, of the city's Southwestern District, was sitting on a couch near the registration desk about 8:30 p.m. when two men walked into the lobby, asked a clerk about a room for the night and then announced the holdup.

The policeman stood up, identified himself and pulled out his 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol. The robbers -- one with a handgun concealed by a paper bag on his hand, the other with a shotgun concealed by his overcoat -- immediately opened fire, according to Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman.

The officer returned the shots. The man with the shotgun, identified as John Earl Jennings, 38, of Boarman Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, was shot twice in the chest and once in the head and died instantly.

The other man was shot in the abdomen and managed to grab his fallen accomplice's weapon.

He, together with a woman who was standing near the front door as a lookout, entered a 1987 Ford Festiva with Pennsylvania tags occupied by a man and a woman.

Several minutes later, police said, a car stopped outside the Woodlawn volunteer fire station about a mile from the motel. Police said a woman accompanied a wounded man into the station. "She told them, 'He's been shot,' " Sergeant Doarnberger said.

The car and its other occupants drove off but not before someone reported its description to police.

Later, city police stopped a matching car at Sequoia and Ayrdale avenues in Forest Park and arrested its occupants. They were identified as Kelli Deana Gregory-Smith, 25, whose address was not available, and Paul Nathaniel McCray Jr., 20, of the 3700 block of Sequoia Ave.

Police found a sawed-off shotgun in the car and charged each with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

In the meantime, firefighters treated the injured man before he was taken to Sinai Hospital.

He was identified as Randy Purcell Terry, 25, of the 4200 block of Ridgewood Ave. and was listed in critical condition. Police said surgeons removed his spleen, a kidney and his pancreas. He was to be charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to kill Sergeant Anderson and other offenses.

The woman with Mr. Terry was identified as his sister, Alexandria Lynn Terry, 29, of the Ridgewood Avenue address. She was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Sergeant Anderson, a 22-year veteran of the city force, was taken to the Raymond Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

The injured motel patron, James Lovelace of Washington, was taken to St. Agnes Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to both legs and was released.

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