ABERDEEN -- A 27-year-old night clerk at the Econo Lodge Motel on Route 22 near Interstate 95 was today listed in critical condition after being shot late last night during a robbery, said a city police spokesman.
Maj. Harry Gruber said Glenda Darlene Wyatt, a resident of Joppa, was behind the desk shortly before midnight when a man dressed in dark clothing and armed with a 9 mm handgun entered the lobby and announced a holdup.
While Ms. Wyatt reached for the money, the gunman ordered two other female employees onto the floor after firing two warning shots into the ceiling.
After he was given the money, the gunman pointed the gun at Ms. Wyatt and shot her at least once in the chest at point-blank range before escaping, said Major Gruber.
One of the other two employees then dialed 911.
"The clerk never resisted and there was no reason why the man had to shoot her," Major Gruber said.
He said the woman was flown by a state police helicopter to thMaryland Shock Trauma Center. After surgery this morning, Ms. Wyatt was listed in critical condition.
Anyone having information about the suspect or his whereabouts is urged to call the Aberdeen City Police Department at (410) 272-2121.