Man arrested, brother hunted in shooting

September 10, 1996

County police have arrested an Annapolis man and issued a warrant for a Riva man in connection with a drive-by shooting Aug. 31 at a 7-Eleven store on Cape St. Claire Road.

Kevin Michael Kurtinitis, 18, of the 1100 block of Riverboat Court in Annapolis was charged with three counts of conspiracy to attempt murder, police said.

Police said they have a warrant for his brother, Charles Joseph Kurtinitis Jr., 19, of the 200 block of Cape St. John Road in Riva, charging him with three counts of attempted murder and assault with intent to maim.

Police said the bullets fired at the convenience store in the 1400 block of Cape St. Claire Road were meant for Curtis Jones of the 800 block of Mago Vista Road in Arnold, Lavar Abner of the 800 block of Clifton Ave. in Arnold and Kimberly Trudeau of the 1600 block of Foolish Pleasure Court in Annapolis. The men followed Jones, Abner and Trudeau in a gray Pontiac Grand Am to the Cape St. Claire 7-Eleven and continued the argument on the parking lot, then left. The car returned a few moments later and a gunman fired seven shots from the rear seat as the car drove by, police said.

The next night, police spotted a car that fit the description of the gray vehicle near the store, got a tag number and traced it to a Bowie man, who told them Charles Kurtinitis Jr. was the gunman.

Thomas Stockstill, the Bowie man, said he, the brothers and a juvenile went to the Riva address after the confrontation in Annapolis, got an assault rifle, hid it in the trunk of the car and found Jones, Abner and Trudeau at the 7-Eleven. They argued with the three again and then left, got the rifle from the trunk of the car and returned, Stockstill told police.

He said Charles Kurtinitis Jr. fired the weapon several times when Stockstill drove past the store a short time later, police said.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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