Documents detail Cross Keys shooting

CRIME WATCH

March 21, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES AND JULIE BYKOWICZ

The gas station owner who shot and killed one of three would-be robbers at the Village of Cross Keys last week told police that the men opened his car door, beat him and then grabbed paper bags filled with thousands of dollars, according to court papers made public yesterday.

Mark A. Beckwith, 57, also told police that one of the men had a gun, charging documents show. Beckwith pulled out a 9 mm Glock semiautomatic pistol and fired at his assailants 16 times, the documents show.

Keith D. Love, 22, was fatally wounded in the robbery, which occurred about 2 p.m. Friday in a parking lot near a Williams-Sonoma store. One of the men was shot in the hand, and a suspect was arrested by police after he went to Maryland General Hospital for treatment.

That man, Corey A. Mcleaurin, 29, faces armed robbery, robbery, assault, handgun and theft charges, police documents show. Mcleaurin lives in the 3400 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said police have not recovered a gun that Beckwith says was used by one of the assailants.

According to documents charging Mcleaurin in the incident, the men grabbed three paper bags filled with about $5,900 as they tussled with Beckwith as he sat in his 1995 Honda. Immediately after the shooting, Mcleaurin and another man got away from the shopping center in a white Pontiac Bonneville driven by a third man, the documents say. Police said the driver and other man were still being sought.

That vehicle was found later that day abandoned in Northwest Baltimore.

Beckwith, a Bel Air resident who has a permit to carry a handgun, had intended to make a deposit at a Columbia Bank branch located in the shopping center. He recovered the money.

The investigation into the shooting continues, but police have said that Beckwith will likely not face criminal charges.

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