Suspect in shooting on Howard St. arrested after standoff with police

December 04, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A man suspected of shooting another man at a North Howard Street bus stop yesterday was found under a desk in a shoe store after a 2 1/2 -hour standoff with Baltimore police, officials said.

More than a dozen heavily armed tactical officers surrounded Athletic U.S.A in the 100 block of N. Howard St. after witnesses said they saw the man run into the store after the shooting.

Police sealed off four blocks of Howard Street and several side streets, evacuated workers and shoppers and shut down the Central Light Rail during the incident.

It was not clear whether customers were in the store when the man burst in, but police said no hostages were taken.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said the incident began about 11: 25 a.m. when an argument broke out between two men.

Police said the gunman fired one shot from a .38-caliber revolver, hitting Kevin Bowman, 26, of Northwest Baltimore in the upper left side of his chest. Bowman was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said the gunman then ran into the shoe store. The police department's Quick Response Team was called, and a few minutes after 2 p.m., Rowe said, officers swarmed the store and found the suspect hiding under a desk in a first-floor back office. Rowe said a gun was recovered from the basement.

Maurice Harris, 20, of Westport was charged with attempted murder and handgun violations, police said.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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