Police Search For Man Who Shot Gas Station Attendant

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Police are looking for the man who they say attempted to rob a gas station and shot an employee along a busy intersection.

Jessica Kartalija has the latest on the investigation.

The motive in the shooting is still unclear.  Police say they are determined to track down a suspect and need your help.

Along a bustling Bel Air intersection along Route 24 and West MacPhail Road, police say an armed man walked into an Exxon station.

“Fired his gun, shot the attendant and fled the scene shortly thereafter,” said Sgt. Richard Peschek, Bel Air Police.

It happened at 11 p.m. Saturday in what police all a botched robbery attempt.  It’s unclear whether the suspect got away with any cash.

The shooting happened just feet from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, but the victim’s injuries required that he be flown to Shock Trauma.

Investigators remained on scene for hours and the search for the suspect continues.  Police say he was last seen wearing a black ski mask, black clothing and black sneakers.

“We are asking anyone who witnessed anything, whether they think it was suspicious or not, around that time, it may be helpful to us,” Peschek said.

At last check, the victim is still recovering at Shock Trauma.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Bel Air Police at 410-638-4500.

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  • Talbot County

    Bel Air……….Baltimore City North.

    • Tom

      No it isn’t you moron.

      • CoreF

        Really? Sure seems like its getting that way.

    • Tom

      @CoreF – Look at the crime reports, it’s 90% petty crime. It’s not like Baltimore, drama queen. I lived there for 5 years, and it’s a perfectly normal town.

      • CoreF

        Heh, “drama queen”? 90% petty crime, lol I’ll stick to my crime free areas thanks.

      • Tom

        Crime free? Maryland? Good luck.

      • CoreF

        Didn’t say Maryland :) Plenty of other states in commuting distance

      • Tom

        Well, enjoy your longer commute. I’ll keep my guns and peace of mind.

      • CoreF

        Wait, keep your guns in MD?! I keep mine nice and unrestricted up here in PA with a 25 minute commute!

      • Tom

        Not many restrictions here aside from magazine capacity. I can buy those at PA or VA gun shows for cheap. Doesn’t bother me.

    • Josh

      Seems to be as of late…so true

  • Talbot

    Tom, look around and you can honestly say that. Ha, Ha.

    • Tom

      @Talbot – Shows what you know.

  • wow

    So they don’t even ask for the money anymore they just shoot you? Really?

  • est 1988

    Bel Air is like a mile up the road from Edgewood so enough said.Idk whats going on but I’ve seen crime stoppers signs posted at nearly every gas station on rt 40.The crime rate is on an serious incline in Harford Co which makes me wonder wth are their police officers doing? The cops harrass the hell out of anyone under the age of 30 it seems.Like every quarter of a mile you drive in harford co theres bound to be a cop waiting to pull you over…yet someone got shot at a gas station thats in an open area well lit? makes ALOT of sense

  • Leonard

    est 1988 it sounds to me like you know a thing or two about Harford county. There are some here who are throwing out their thoughts on the place, but I don’t have to wonder what some of the cops are doing I already know. I grew up here and the ration of good to bad is a bit too high for my liking even though the good cops out number the bad ones still. That station is well lit. I was there that time of night when my wife was in the hospital. but there is allot of daark area around there for a person to vanish into. These young people seem to be of a new breed, they shoot without any thought.

    • Tom

      Too much Call of Duty I would imagine.

    • est 1988

      No your right,the station is pretty lit but like you said its easy to vanish to a dark spot nearby smh.Idk hopefully with the new police station they’re building in edgewood the crime will drop.for some reason I strongly doubt it though.Im 22 years old and I’ve noticed that alot of young teens are the ones committing these petty crimes.Then you have the ones who “have something to prove” next thing you know the murder rate has increased.smh

  • Stamp

    @est 1988 – Edgewood is not a mile from Bel Air.
    @CoreF – crime free area? Wow. On this planet? I’m sure you probably have very low crime or no violent crime. Any metropolitan area is going to have crime. Simple fact. I have family in the boonies in VA and OH and have yet to hear of either of those areas being “Crime Free”.
    @blackey – where did they say the suspect was black?? Not in the video or the article above. It’s possible, maybe even likely, but no one has said that.

    • est 1988

      wow,its called an exaggeration you petty idiot.Be more concerned with the fact thats theres yet another criminal on the loose rather than the dame distance between Edgewood and Bel Air.

  • blackey

    @stamp….the article doesnt have to say he was black, but he was!!! Im “in the know” or should I say in the “business” and im telling you he was BLACK , so dont give me that s**t that “its possible, maybe even likely or no one has said that”, they dont have to say it, you and eeryone else were already thinking it when you read the article!!!!

    • Tom

      @blackey – Get a life, go back to Alabama you racist. Your kind isn’t welcome here.

  • Stamp

    @blackey – glad to hear you’re “in the know” and “in the business”. Good for you. Hey – the teen who killed his parents with a hammer in Florida & then hosted a party? Yeah, he was white. Yet no one was making those kind of statements before he was shown on t.v. Not even those “in the know”. Crime is committed by every race. Yet EVERY time there is an article on news stations like this the first thing people like you want to do is jump in & start making statements like yours. Small minds think small. Hope you’re not on the police force.

  • HooDatIS?

    gas stations need a new system like a vending machine u pay at the pump
    automated systems lower crime and stop people from killing attendants
    put up a glass barrier and halt violence

    • KottaMan

      This station has pay-at-the-pump and a bullet-proof cashier barrier for the booth. We don’t know the exact sequence of event but it is obvious that the employee was outside the booth at the time of this incident.

  • kat

    I work in the area,not even half a mile from that intersection.no im not scared, yes i do watch out a night,but all the trouble comes from the white trash and wannabe gangters in edgewood. something needs to be down about edgewood,they just wanna make a name for themselves.THE PARENTS NEED TO WAKE UP& GET OFF THE DRUGS,STOP HAVING KIDS THEY CAN’T AFFORD>TRASH

    • est 1988


  • truthteller

    if they stop raising gas prices then they wouldent have enough money at the stations to worry about getting robbed…….

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