Car with body inside crashes into yard

Arundel man was shot, then hit accelerator, city police theorize


It was about 5 a.m. yesterday, and Emma Walker had showered and dressed for work when she heard " a commotion" outside her brick rowhouse in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Baltimore.

"I looked out the window and saw headlights heading toward my door," said the 23-year-old employee of a medical testing company. "As soon as I saw the headlights coming, I ran in the opposite direction."

She ran upstairs, screaming to wake up her sleeping fiance, Scott Humbert, 32.

"I said, `You need to get up, there's a car coming through the backyard!'"

A 1997 green Lincoln had careened down a nearby hill, through the chain-link fence in the rear of her home, across a dividing fence and into her neighbor's back door.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions on a crash and homicide in Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood misidentified the woman whose rowhouse was hit by a car. She is Emma Luck.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Inside the car, a 37-year-old Anne Arundel County man lay dead - with a single gunshot to the head, police said.

Harry Gillespie of the 2600 block of April Dawn Way in Gambrills was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Gillespie was shot once in the head a few minutes before the crash in the 800 block of Glade Court, about a block away, and the car went down a hill and into the house in the 4100 block of Sixth St.

"It appears he was shot before he hit the accelerator, sending the car down the hill and resting at the location," said Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman.

Police said they knew of no motive for the shooting, but were continuing to investigate.

"It's one of the scariest things that's ever happened in the long time," Walker said.

But she went on in to work, figuring that it was better than worrying about her damaged fence.

"Honestly, they tried to send me home when I got" to work, Walker said. "But my theory was, `What am I going do at home, sit in the house and stare at my backyard?"

Walker said she and her fiance bought the house about six months ago.

"I'm glad it was just my fence, honestly," she said. "I'm just happy it was just the fence. It could have been a lot worse."

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