Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 15, 2006

Blockbuster manager fatally shot in store

The manager of a North Baltimore Blockbuster was fatally shot last night in a robbery attempt after two gunmen entered the video store, city police said.

The victim - Antonio Gilmore, 37 - was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital shortly after the 8:30 p.m. shooting, said police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe. He was the brother of a Northwestern District police detective, Garcia Gilmore, she added.

The gunmen entered the store in the 600 block of Homestead St., announced a holdup and then fled after the shooting - apparently without taking anything, Monroe said.

No customers appeared to be in the store at the time of the shooting, Monroe said. But she declined to say if other employees were present.

Detectives were reviewing surveillance tapes and interviewing witnesses last night, she said.

Nicole Fuller

2 bodies found in Harford

The bodies of two men who apparently died from gunshot wounds were found yesterday in the bedroom of a condominium in Edgewood, Harford County police said.

A relative of the victims - who police said may be brothers - discovered the bodies about 1:40 p.m. in the home on Gold Meadow Way in the Woodbridge area near U.S. 40. Police did not comment on where or how many times the men had been shot. The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy today in an effort to identify the victims and determine the cause of death, said Robert B. Thomas Jr., sheriff's spokesman. Police would not say why the autopsy was needed to identify the bodies.

A relative said the men were last seen alive in their home about 2 a.m. yesterday, Thomas said. The spokesman would not comment on a possible motive in the killings.

Edgewood has been troubled by gang violence in recent years, but Thomas would not speculate on whether the killings were gang-related.

"We are in the very early stages of this investigation," Thomas said. "There is no indication at this time that this crime is gang-related. However, we are exploring all possibilities."

Mary Gail Hare

Home invasion nets cash

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is searching for several men who forced their way into an Edgewood home early yesterday and assaulted and robbed the residents.

As many as five men entered the Carroll Avenue home of William Charles Preston, 21, about 1 a.m. while several of the six occupants were sleeping, police said. The men stole money from the victims, who included four men, a teenage boy and a woman.

Preston and three others sustained injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to hospitals.

It was the second home invasion in Harford this month. On Sept. 5, four armed men assaulted an elderly man and his son in Whiteford and stole guns from the house. Police said they do not believe the incidents are connected.

Mary Gail Hare

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