Anne Arundel man shot to death in Bolton Hill

Police believe victim was driving passengers

3 men seen fleeing scene

November 17, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber and Jamie Stiehm | Del Quentin Wilber and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A 46-year-old Anne Arundel County man was found shot to death next to his car yesterday on a leaf-strewn street in Bolton Hill, city police said.

Three men were seen fleeing from the car about 5 a.m. after Myron Lee Chase was shot once in the head, police said. Chase, a resident of the 600 block of Queenstown Road in Severn, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said Chase might have been operating an unlicensed taxicab - known as a hack - and said the assailants were likely in his Ford Contour before the shooting. They might have chosen the 200 block of W. Lanvale St. to rob Chase because it's a dark area, police said.

Police offered few other details in the killing, the city's 226th of the year. The single gunshot startled a 34-year-old man who had just stopped his car only a few feet from the Ford Contour that Chase had been driving.

That man, whose name is being withheld by The Sun because he fears retaliation, said he saw a young man standing by the driver's side door of the Contour. He then heard a gunshot and saw Chase lying on the ground.

The man standing by the door then walked back to the witness' car and demanded that the witness give him a ride, but then ran off with two other men, telling the witness: "You didn't see nothing."

Chase's mother, Mary, said her son was a mechanic and was known as a "fun-loving" man. "He loved life," said Mary Chase. "People were always calling him for advice."

Chase, who had one daughter, might have been in the city visiting a girlfriend the night before he was killed, Mary Chase said. She said she did not know whether he had ever operated an unlicensed taxi.

Bolton Hill residents said they are not concerned about the killing being the start of a trend. Except for a spate of muggings, crime in the neighborhood has decreased recently, they said.

"I don't think it's unsettling for the neighborhood since it could have happened anywhere the car went," said Doreen Rosenthal, a Bolton Hill resident.

Sherry Azizi was sleeping when she heard a gunshot and looked outside. She spotted a man lying on the street next to his car. He was bleeding from his head, she said.

"I felt sick to my stomach," Azizi said. "It shouldn't have happened here or anywhere."

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Detective Bobby Patton at 410-396-2100.

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