Man fatally shoots suspected robber, is charged with murder

March 31, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A man who shot himself in the leg before fatally shooting another man who he said was trying to rob him on a West Baltimore street last night has been charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Homicide detective Robert Bowman was investigating the slaying of Marcus Guilliam, 24, of the 1500 block of Madison Ave., who was shot at least twice with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun around 10:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Bloom St. The detective later learned that a man was being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center for a gunshot wound of the left leg.

At the hospital, Detective Bowman was told that when the medical staff was removing the wounded man's pants, a .45 caliber shell casing fell to the floor.

The suspect, Melvin Robinson, 23, of the 9800 block of Branchley Road in Randallstown, told the detective at the hospital that he was in the 500 block of Bloom St. when a man who had robbed him before attempted to rob him again.

Mr. Robinson told the detective he was pulling the pistol from his waistband to protect himself when the weapon discharged.

Despite a bullet wound and powder burns to the upper left leg, the man was able to pull the gun out and fired at least four more shots, hitting the victim in the side and chest and killing him.

Detective Bowman said the suspect was taken to the hospital by a "hack," an unlicensed cabbie, and that before reaching the hospital he threw the gun away.

A weapon was not recovered.

Mr. Robinson was held at the Central District station without bail pending a bail review hearing today.

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