Bail hearing waived in theater killing

Suspect used his own gun, police say

June 20, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

A 24-year-old Baltimore County medical student used his own gun in the killing of a 62-year-old medical supply salesman in an Owings Mills movie theater last week, county police said yesterday.

Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar of the first block of Evan Way in the Anton North area of the county purchased a .357-caliber handgun about a year ago, police officials said. The gun was used in the shooting of Paul Schrum of the 900 block of Bittersweet Road in Pikesville, officials said.

Police officials would not say where the gun was purchased.

Jabbar waived a bail review hearing yesterday and did not appear in District Court in Towson.

Donald Daneman, an attorney representing Jabbar, declined to comment on the case.

Jabbar is charged with shooting Schrum as the victim watched X-Men: The Last Stand on Thursday night at an Owings Mills movie theater. About 20 minutes into the film, police say, Jabbar ordered everyone to get on the floor and fired four shots.

Schrum was shot three times in the upper body, police said. A fourth bullet was found in a wall.

Jabbar then walked into the lobby, placed the handgun on a counter, told theater management he had shot someone and waited for officers to arrive, according to charging documents.

The handgun believed to have been used in the shooting is capable of firing five shots. The last bullet was in the gun, police said.

Deputy County State's Attorney Stephen Bailey said yesterday that he was pleased to see Jabbar remain in jail.

"The crime speaks for itself," Bailey said. "By the defendant's own statements, he gave a lot of thought into shooting someone - certainly indicating that the act was premeditated - although the victim had not specifically been chosen."

Gul Jabbar, 20, Jabbar's sister, released a statement Saturday that described her brother as mentally ill.

"My brother is a good guy, he hated lying, cheating and hurting anyone," she said in the statement. "He was also mentally ill and our family tried our best to get him the treatment, but he refused."

She said Jabbar attends medical school in the Caribbean and that he was home for the summer.

He was a 2005 graduate of Loyola College, where he majored in biology. He graduated in 2000 from Mount Hebron High School in Howard County.

Jabbar is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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