Sketch of suspect in killing issued

September 05, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police are asking the community to help them catch the gunman who killed an Odenton liquor store owner, shot his wife and wounded two other men Saturday.

Yesterday, police released a composite sketch of the man who walked up to the counter of Tom's Liquor's with a semiautomatic weapon shortly before 7 p.m. and opened fire on Thomas Sung Hall, 63, killing him.

The gunman shot Hall's wife, Sue Jin Hall, 56, in the right leg.

As the gunman left the store in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road, he fired several shots at a van parked outside, wounding Michael Lee Couture, 30, in the right shoulder and Scott Marshall Neil, 41, in the left leg.

The three survivors were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Hall remains in good condition and Couture in fair condition. Neil was treated and released. All the victims are from Odenton.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He wore gray sweat pants, a dark, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, a black skull cap and a red bandanna over the lower half of his face.

Initial reports indicated that the attack may have been in retaliation for an incident early last month in which Thomas Hall foiled a robbery by pulling his own gun on an armed bandit.

However, homicide Sgt. Donald Hauf said police have no reason to believe revenge was a motive.

"I have nothing to base that on," Hauf said. "Sometimes we try to rationalize things when there's really no basis. It was stupid and senseless act."

Anyone with information should call the Anne Arundel County police Homicide Division at 222-3459 or 987-8669.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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