Co-owner of Northeast Baltimore liquor store is fatally shot by robber he chased down street Gunman may have been wounded during incident

January 05, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The co-owner of a Northeast Baltimore liquor store was shot fatally last night during a shootout with a robber who may have been wounded, police said.

The death of the 49-year-old man, whose name was not released, was the city's first homicide this year, police said.

Police said the incident began about 9 p.m. when a gunman robbed Northway Liquors in the 6600 block of Harford Road of an undisclosed sum of money. The gunman left the store, and the store owner got a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and chased him several feet onto East Northern Parkway where the two exchanged gunfire, police said.

The store owner was shot at least once in the chest and fell to the pavement. His gun, which had been emptied, lay near him, police said.

Witnesses told police they saw the gunman clutching his stomach as though he had been shot, but he escaped.

The store owner was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died in the emergency room, police said.

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