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August 01, 2005

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Towson man killed Saturday seen in same car as gunman

A Towson man who was fatally shot outside a Timonium apartment complex Saturday apparently knew the gunman, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

"These two guys arrived together in the same car and seemed to know one another," said county police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Detectives continued yesterday to try to identify a suspect and piece together what led to the shooting of William Jackson, 50, of the first block of Terron Court.

Police discovered Jackson lying in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Chetwood Circle, off Padonia Road, with two gunshot wounds to the chest Saturday afternoon after a call reporting a shooting there.

"We think they just pulled in there," Toohey said. "The victim didn't live there, and there was no obvious reason why they should have been there."

The two men were seen getting out of the car and arguing shortly before the shooting, Toohey said. "We don't know what the argument was about. ... We still have no idea what precipitated this."

He said the gunman left in the car the two men had arrived in - a silver 1994 Acura with tinted windows and chrome wheels that is owned by Jackson's wife. The car had vanity license plates PUNCHO, Toohey said, but the tags might have been removed since it was stolen.

Toohey said police are interested in talking to anyone who might have seen the car on the day of the shooting or since then.

- Greg Garland

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