Survivor of shooting fears gunman will return to kill him

January 06, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 45-year-old Woodlawn man wounded in a shooting that killed an Ellicott City woman says he lives in fear that the gunman may return to end his life.

Howard County police say they believe Daniel Scott Harney, charged with killing Shirley Scott Harney at her home Dec. 26, was traveling in Florida with his two sons, ages 8 and 10, late last week.

"He is still out there," the man said. "Police are not sure of his mental condition or his motives. He clearly was trying to kill me, too. I'll be relieved when he's caught."

The Sun is withholding the name of the wounded man while the gunman is at large. Police also have taken care to shield his identity: While he was being treated over three days for a gunshot wound, the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore listed him under an alias.

Mr. Harney, last seen in Maryland driving a grayish Toyota Camry with Maryland tags VEJ-169, will be featured on Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted" show at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

The wounded man wouldn't say much about his relationship with Mrs. Harney, whom he had been dating since they met roller-skating about a month ago. He called his Christmas with Mrs. Harney -- the day before the shooting -- "quiet but pleasant."

Police said that Mr. Harney picked up his sons between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 26. The plan, the man said, was for Paul and Ryan to stay with their father for about four days, then to travel to McLean, Va., to spend New Year's Eve with Mr. Harney's parents.

About 9:30 p.m. that night, someone broke a rear basement window at Mrs. Harney's home, entered and headed upstairs to a second-floor bedroom, where he confronted Mrs. Harney and her friend with a handgun, police said.

"It took me off guard," the man said.

After a brief struggle between the gunman and the pair, the gunman shot Mrs. Harney several times and the man once in the right elbow.

"America's Most Wanted" will show the latest information from police -- that Mrs. Harney, after she was shot, was dragged outside to the end of her driveway and run over by a car leaving the driveway, said Philip Lerman, managing editor of the show.

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