Killing, Beltway shooting might be linked

Woman wounded Tuesday, man killed in June had similar names, addresses

December 30, 2004|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN STAFF

Police are looking into a possible connection between a Tuesday night drive-by shooting on the Baltimore Beltway and the shooting death in June of a state Department of General Services police officer, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

One of the victims of the drive-by shooting, Karen Roulhac, 36, of Baltimore, might be related to Albert Jerome Roulhac, a state Department of General Services officer who was shot and killed outside a Parkville bar in June.

County police said they are investigating a possible link because the victims had the same last name and similar addresses, but they said that they do not know whether the two were related.

Baltimore County police are cooperating with the state police, who are investigating the shooting.

A state police spokesman said Karen Roulhac and Michael Carter, 32, also of Baltimore, were passengers in a Toyota Corolla on the Beltway in Rosedale when the car was fired on by a passenger in a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee.

Police are not releasing the name of the car's driver, who was not injured. Police said the Jeep drove alongside the Corolla, which was in the center lane of the inner loop of the Beltway between Philadelphia Road and the Interstate 95 interchange.

A passenger in the Jeep fired several shots, hitting the driver's side of the Corolla four times, police said. The Jeep then sped away and exited onto Philadelphia Road. The driver of the Corolla continued east and turned onto U.S. 40 west toward Baltimore. The driver stopped at a convenience store for help, police said.

Roulhac was shot in the shoulder, and Carter was hit below the waist, police said. Police said both were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Carter was listed in good condition last night.

Roulhac, who was treated and released, was being held yesterday afternoon at the state police Golden Ring barracks on an outstanding warrant from the Baltimore Sheriff's Department accusing her of obstruction of justice, state police said.

County police spokesman Bill Toohey said police are looking into a possible connection between the two incidents.

On June 4, Albert Jerome Roulhac was shot outside Tee-Bee's Place, a bar on Darlington Drive just north of the city line, as he was walking to his car in the parking lot. That shooting is being investigated, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. Police are looking for witnesses, he said.

State police spokesman Sgt. Thornnie Rouse said police "aren't ruling anything out" in Tuesday's shooting.

Rouse said the two victims have provided a vague vehicle description - a dark blue or black Jeep Cherokee - and that they have no suspects and know of no motive.

Police ask that anyone who has information about Tuesday's Beltway shooting call the Golden Ring barracks at 410-686-3101.

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