Man of many names injured in shooting Neighbor charged in Wilde Lake case

July 30, 1996|By Alex Gordon | Alex Gordon,SUN STAFF

An article about a shooting in Tuesday's Howard County edition of The Sun misstated the location of Turnabout Lane, which is in Columbia's Harper's Choice village.

The Sun regrets the error.

A Saturday shooting at a Wilde Lake apartment complex has left a man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, his next-door neighbor under arrest on a charge of attempted murder and police with a host of puzzling questions.

Cleveland Winston Kilgore Jr., 22, of the 6100 block of Surrey Square in Forestville in Prince George's County, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, which carries a possible life sentence; assault with intent to murder; use of a handgun in a felony; reckless endangerment; and assault and battery.


He was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

The 45-year-old victim of the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane in Columbia's Wilde Lake village -- the scene of the shooting -- was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he remained yesterday in critical condition.

Who the victim is remains unclear. Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman, said that police believe he is a Nigerian national who goes by at least three names. He also said that police are checking with the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service for help identifying him.

The victim's name on the police report is given as Mackanayorns Obiorah, but he was admitted to the Shock Trauma Center under the name of Kenneth Amoyer. Keller said that when interviewed by detectives, the victim gave a third name. He carries various forms of identification under several different names, Keller said.

"We're just not sure who our victim is at this point," Keller said. "We don't know which is his real name."

According to police, the victim called 911 at about 10: 45 a.m. and described the suspect to officers who went to the scene as a black male wearing a black knit ski mask. Police found a bullet hole in the steel door of the victim's apartment, through which he apparently was shot.

Witnesses told police they saw two men emerge from a new, dark-green car parked in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane, proceed toward the apartment complex, return about five minutes later and speed off in the car. Neighbors in the building said they heard an argument at the victim's apartment door and then a gunshot.

About 12: 20 p.m., while police were investigating, a car matching witnesses' descriptions -- a 1996 forest-green Pontiac Bonneville -- arrived at the victim's apartment complex with Kilgore at the wheel.

Kilgore told police he had not been to the apartment complex earlier that morning, but he was arrested when police learned he was named in an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license in Wicomico County and two warrants for failing to appear on felony-related, controlled dangerous substance charges in Prince George's County. He also was being held on $2,000 bond on those charges.

The Pontiac, Kilgore told police, was a rental car. Another man who was with Kilgore in the car was not arrested, police said.

Kilgore told police that he had returned to the complex because he was moving out of his apartment there -- next door to the victim -- back to Forestville, where he said he lives with his wife, son, mother and nephews.

Police searched the area but did not recover a weapon. A search of the car Kilgore was driving yielded a black knit ski mask on top of a suitcase in the trunk.

Kilgore told police he did not know the victim and thought the victim's apartment was vacant. During a later interview at police headquarters, according to court documents, Kilgore "indicated that [the victim] might be involved in drugs [because] he noticed that the victim appears to live a 'fancy' life, has nice things and drives nice cars."

All this has left police with more questions than answers.

"There are things in this case that don't ring true -- it obviously raises some questions that we are seeking answers to," Keller said. "We don't understand how two people can live next door to each other and not know -- or even recognize -- each other."

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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