Police release sketch of suspect in slaying of Catonsville man

January 13, 2004|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Hoping to generate a lead in the killing last week of a Catonsville man who was shot at a gas station while his 6-year-old son sat in their car, Baltimore County police released a composite sketch yesterday of the gunman and a description of his car.

Police said that after shooting Heath T. Hamilton the night of Jan. 5, the gunman drove from the Shell station in the 5300 block of Edmondson Ave. in a blue Chrysler Concord with tinted windows. Three other men were in the car, police said.

Hamilton, 33, of the 100 block of Rock Glen Road was found with a gunshot wound to the head about 10 p.m., police said. Hamilton, a house supervisor at a Volunteers of America halfway house in the city, died the next morning at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"It's torn the family up," Hamilton's father, Joe Hamilton, said after his son's funeral yesterday.

Heath Hamilton, a 1989 Southwestern High School graduate, was married three months ago. He also leaves behind his older brother and two sisters, said his wife, Teresa Hamilton.

"I wish I knew why this happened," she said. "I hope they find out who did this before something like this happens again."

Police said have not established a motive for the shooting.

Police and Hamilton's family are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman. "In cases like these, the public's help is a vital part of the investigation," said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or, for a possible $2,000 reward, Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

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