Man shot

gunman kills self

Police say incident stemmed from a minor car accident

January 12, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A man who had applied for a job at a South Baltimore asphalt company returned yesterday morning and shot a supervisor in the leg, city police said.

After the shooting, which occurred at a factory in the Curtis Bay neighborhood, the man drove to his house and fatally shot himself, police said.

According to authorities, the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a minor car accident last week in the company's parking lot.

Police said they responded to the Seaboard Asphalt Products Co. about 9:20 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Agent Donny Moses said that a man argued with the supervisor at the company, then pulled a gun from his waistband and shot him.

The supervisor was taken for treatment to University of Maryland Medical Center.

A police spokesman said officers quickly identified a suspect and determined that he had returned to his house in the 800 block of Jack St., about 1 1/2 miles away in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood.

A police SWAT team surrounded the house. When officers entered the house, they found the man dead from a gunshot wound, Moses said.

The names of the suspect and the victim were not released. A manager at the company declined to comment.

Neighbors of the man who killed himself said he had been angry about the damage that had been done to his car and was trying to resolve it. Rodney Strong, 30, a resident on the block, said he had spoken with the man early yesterday morning, and the man "couldn't stop talking about" his damaged car, a late model Pontiac Grand Prix.

"I never thought he'd do something like this," Strong said.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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