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Va. Man's Death Shocks Neighbors

Bouncer Shot Near Pr. William Home, Baffling Family

By Ian Shapira
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 11, 2004; Page B02

When the man wearing a black hooded jacket knocked on the apartment door Thursday night, he had one request: He wanted to see Ronald Norman McCorn.

McCorn, 29, a bouncer in charge of security at several D.C. nightclubs, stepped outside of his fiancee's Prince William County home about 6:20 p.m. and walked down the street with the man. Sometime in the next 20 minutes, police said, McCorn, who was 6-foot-7 and weighed 300 pounds, was shot at least once.

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A neighbor who heard the gunfire called 911. McCorn was taken to Prince William Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Detective Dennis Mangan, a Prince William police spokesman.

McCorn's fiancee, Lekaysha Hogan, 23, who is expecting their second child any day, said their families are stupefied by his killing because they said he had no enemies and did not do drugs.

"I am devastated. No one believes that he just walked out the door and he didn't come back," said Hogan, an assistant at a Fairfax County law firm who was going to marry McCorn in June. "It's indescribable for something like this to happen that is so unexplained."

Sgt. Richard Cantarella, a Prince William homicide detective, said that police are investigating the motive. "We don't have a lot to go on. We're still working the leads," he said. "We don't have a real strong suspect."

On Thursday, McCorn spent the day relaxing at his fiancee's apartment in the 9800 block of Shallow Creek Loop near Manassas with his 15-month-old son, and later enjoyed a meal cooked by Hogan's mother. Hogan said she was in another part of the apartment when the man knocked on the door looking for McCorn.

Hogan said she did not hear the gunfire and found out that her fiance had been shot when she saw the ambulance and her father told her. Mangan said McCorn's body "wasn't even close to the house" when he was found.

Residents of the Regency apartment and townhouse complex, off Route 28 near the Manassas Regional Airport, probably will meet with police officers Monday night to discuss security issues, said Steve Boyce, vice president of the Norfolk-based S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., the complex's management company.

In typewritten letters delivered to residents' homes, the complex's managers said that they believed the "assailant and the victim were not strangers" and that "this was not a random act of violence."

Boyce said people at the new complex, which has two- and three-bedroom apartments and offers a swimming pool and fitness center, are startled because serious crime has never occurred there. The management company has replaced its part-time security guard with a full-time guard.

"It's a very traumatic thing. Police have been knocking on several doors. We're trying to communicate and be open with them," Boyce said, adding that the buildings do not have security cameras. "What makes it so shocking is that this type of thing has not happened here before. . . . It's a good neighborhood."

Corey Primus, a manager for D.C. Life, the nightclub event company where McCorn worked, said his friend was known as a "cooler," a bouncer who can deftly diffuse a tense situation. McCorn, who was born in Woodbridge, helped oversee security at various nightclubs, including Insomnia, Zanzibar and D.C. Live. Because of his towering size, everyone called him "Six."

A couple years ago at a D.C. nightclub, McCorn was able to stop a fight between two groups of men, one hailing from Washington, the other from Baltimore.

"We were short-staffed, and he got up on the microphone and said, 'Y'all guys wanna fight with all these women around? You should be fighting over them,' " Primus recalled. "He could take a bad situation and make it light. His job was to see stuff before it happens."

Staff researcher Karl Evanzz contributed to this report.

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