Store owner charged in shooting of youth

January 18, 1995

An East Baltimore store owner was charged with attempted murder and related offenses last night after an argument with a youth ended in gunfire.

The youth, 17-year-old Ben Johnson of the 1500 block of N. Broadway, was treated for a head wound and released from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center after the 8 p.m. shooting outside B & J Cut Rate Liquors at 1801 E. Federal St.

Bong Su Oh, 44, the store's owner, was awaiting a bail hearing at the Eastern District lockup. His wife, Tae Kun Oh, who was shot in the back Oct. 26 in a robbery attempt at the store, said her husband was trying to protect her last night when the youth was wounded.

She said the youth had refused to leave the entrance of the store, repeatedly kicked the front door and knocked over medications behind a Plexiglas wall. "He had the gun to make him scared," said Mrs. Oh, 36, who insisted that her husband only shot into the air.

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