Man charged in random shooting

August 04, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 46-year-old man charged with shooting a customer in an apparently random attack inside an Ellicott City Rite Aid store Saturday night was being held without bail yesterday on charges including attempted murder, authorities said.

Howard County police said the gunman walked into the store in the 8600 block of Baltimore National Pike about 7:45 p.m., and appeared irrational as he talked about an automobile accident. He then fired four shots at the victim, 50-year-old Robert Lee Jackson.

Jackson, a longtime Howard County school custodian, was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Jackson's sister Shelley Young said last night that he was hit four times, and after surgery still had a bullet lodged near his spine.

Police said that after the attack, the gunman dropped his weapon and lay on the floor in the store until officers arrived.

Arrested and held at the Howard County Detention Center was James Milton Lane of the 2400 block of Etting St. in Baltimore, police said.

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