Woman charged with shooting man in incident at her Eldersburg home

January 21, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Eldersburg woman was charged with attempted murder and related counts yesterday in connection with the shooting of a male friend last Saturday.

Beverly Carol Moran of the 1400 block of Placid Drive was released on $5,000 unsecured bond after a bail review hearing before Circuit Court Judge Joanne Ellinghaus-Jones. Ms. Moran also was charged with handgun violation in the commission of a felony, possession of a handgun and battery.

State police said Ms. Moran and the victim, John Robert Morris, 36, of the 200 block of Pittston Circle in Owings Mills, originally said Ms. Moran had been handing an "empty" handgun to Mr. Moran when it surprised them by going off.

But Mr. Morris later said the two had argued and he was shot after being ordered out of the house about midnight Saturday, investigators said. He said he called someone to come and pick him up, but before his ride arrived, Ms. Moran pointed the gun in his direction and fired a shot that went over his shoulder and into a closet, state police said.

Ms. Moran also attempted to strike him with the weapon and again pointed it at him and pulled the trigger, but it misfired, Mr. Morris told investigators.

Mr. Morris said the woman reloaded the revolver and directed it toward him, and again pulled the trigger, state police said. A bullet struck him in the right forearm.

Mr. Morris was treated and released at the Northwest Medical Center in Randallstown.

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