3 charged in shooting, robbery in Timonium Wounded woman tells how she comforted her 6-year-old daughter

August 07, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

As three suspects were being charged in the attack, Shannon L. Senna recalled yesterday from her hospital bed how she comforted her 6-year-old daughter with prayer after being shot and bound alongside her in the garage of their Timonium home.

"She was sitting in the front seat next to me in the Cadillac, and the guy reached in over her and shot me," Senna said. "Then they taped her hands up just like mine, and I just kept telling her to be calm and to pray out loud and that everything would be all right."

And that seemed to be the case.

Although she had been shot in the chest, and the bullet had passed through and remained lodged in her arm, Senna, 41, was released late in the day from Sinai Hospital and left accompanied by her family.

Her daughter, Amber, was doing fine, she said.

Her husband and teen-age son also were at home but were not injured when three men -- who were masked -- invaded and ransacked the house on Pot Spring Road Monday morning.

By midafternoon Monday, police had three suspects in custody -- one of them a former employee of a Cockeysville perfume business, International Designs, owned by Senna's husband, Jozef F. Senna Jr., 40.

Police identified the former employee as Gilbert J. Dent III, 29. Checking his home in the 2900 block of W. Cold Spring Lane in LTC Baltimore, police found a dented pickup truck similar to one seen leaving the Sennas' neighborhood Monday.

Dent was arrested with William E. Sharper, 39, of the 2100 block of Elsinore Ave. in Baltimore and Joseph M. Johnson, 21, of the 2700 block of Helmsley Road in Woodlawn as they left Dent's home late Monday afternoon.

Police said the men were questioned and held at different police lockups overnight, and were formally charged yesterday with attempted murder, a handgun offense and armed robbery.

Police said jewelry and money were taken from the house, where Senna also was threatened, before the trio fled in the family's other car, a Mercedes-Benz that was abandoned nearby.

According to charging documents filed in District Court, Dent told detectives that he and two others were responsible for the robbery.

Mrs. Senna said she worked part time at her husband's business and knew Dent.

"He seemed like such a nice guy," she said. "But I have since changed my mind. He went to church with us twice. We always invite those who work with us to go to church with us."

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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