Arundel shooting might be linked to robbery

November 07, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter

A shooting Sunday afternoon in Crofton that left one man dead and another critically injured might be connected with an earlier robbery, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

About 10 hours after a robbery that led to a fight at 1709 Leisure Way, officers responding to a call at 12:17 p.m. Sunday found an unidentified man dead and an apartment resident, Christopher Michael Haramis, 25, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Police said that two men had arrived in a four-door vehicle, entered Haramis' apartment and opened fire. Haramis shot and killed one of the men, and the other fled in the vehicle after apparently jumping out of one of the apartment windows.

Police don't know whether the second intruder was the driver or how many other people were in the car. Three other people who were in the house when the shooting occurred were not injured.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the men could have entered through an unlocked door, police said.

Haramis was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed yesterday in critical condition.

Police believe the shooting is linked to a robbery.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, a man and a woman were robbed outside Haramis' residence during a party.

Some at the party intervened, fighting with the armed robbers, who fled with cash. Partygoers called police, but a search turned up nothing.

"We are going on the theory that it is related, simply because of the circumstances," Lt. David Waltemeyer, a police spokesman, said. "It's unclear if robbery suspects targeted the people at the house or coincidentally that the two were outside and they decided to rob them. It's very unusual to have a random robbery of citizens like that."

The shooting occurred amid a cluster of wood-frame apartment buildings north of Crofton Park and east of Davidsonville Road.

Neighbors said yesterday that the area is quiet, with occasional petty crimes involving juveniles.

Anand Rawls, a neighbor, said that Haramis was new to the complex, having moved in about six months ago.

The Crofton killing is the 13th homicide in Anne Arundel County this year, excluding the city of Annapolis. County police recorded 12 homicides in 2005.nia.henderson@baltsun.com

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