Store owner is fatally shot, husband is wounded in attempted holdup

January 17, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man fatally shot an owner of a downtown beauty supply store and wounded her husband during an attempted holdup yesterday along the crowded 100 block of N. Eutaw St., directly across the street from busy Lexington Market.

Police said the suspect, a black man wearing a camouflage jacket and a green skull cap, may have driven off in a car reported stolen moments later.

Both victims, owners of Hong Kong Imports at 113 N. Eutaw St., were taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The 39-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. from a bullet wound to the head.

Her 44-year-old husband, whose name also was not released, was in fair condition with a minor gunshot wound to the head.

Kris Lee, 30, who works at her parents' liquor store at 115 N. Eutaw St., said the couple lives in Cockeysville in Baltimore County and has two teen-age daughters.

"They would come in here and get snacks and something to drink during the day and we'd talk for a while," said Ms. Lee, 30.

The couple, who arrived from South Korea a few years ago and bought the store from relatives, was alone and working in the store about 10:50 a.m. when a gunman entered. Police believe the man demanded money and for an unknown reason shot the man and his wife.

Police said they found no signs of a struggle in the store and that an undisclosed sum of money remained in the cash register.

Homicide Detective Earl Kratsch said that moments after the shooting a man fitting the description of the suspect stole a 1987 Nissan Stanza with tags VNG 698, whose owner parked it with the motor running in the 200 block of N. Greene St.

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