Because of incorrect information provided by the governor's office, a story Wednesday said the Intertec .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol is among the guns Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer is seeking to ban. Schaefer aide David S. Iannucci said that although the gun is not specifically mentioned on the list of weapons in the bill, the governor's office would like to see it added by the superintendent of state police if the measure becomes law. (Published 2/23/91)
An out-of-state trucker fatally shot one man and wounded another with a semiautomatic pistol late Monday as the men tried to prevent him from abducting a woman from a crowded bar at a truck stop near Interstate 95, Howard County police said yesterday.
The man then dragged the woman, whom police identified as his girlfriend, from the 18 Wheeler Lounge at the popular Truckers' Inn in Jessup, police said. He attempted to flee in his tractor-trailer, but the vehicle overturned on the entrance ramp to the interstate, police added.
Tommy Ray Robinson, 41, of Fort Collins, Colo., was then arrested and charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and handgun violations, police Sgt. Gary Gardner said. Robinson, who is being held in the Howard County jail, is scheduled to have a bond hearing in District Court this morning.
The weapon Robinson allegedly used, a .22-caliber Intratech semiautomatic assault pistol, is one of those Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer has asked the General Assembly to take off the market.
"These guns have no purpose in civilian society," said David Iannucci, the governor's chief legislative officer. "We simply must get these guns off the street."
Police identified the victims as Christopher Frey, 32, of Grass Lake, Mich., who was killed when Robinson allegedly shot him in the chest, and William Wilson, who was wounded in the chest and taken to the University of Maryland Hospital shock-trauma unit in Baltimore. Police said they had no further information about Wilson, who was in critical but stable condition yesterday.
Police and witnesses said the incident began around 11 p.m., when Robinson asked his girlfriend to leave the bar with him. The woman, whom police refused to identify, was sitting at a table with Frey and Wilson at the time, police said.
When his girlfriend refused to go with him, Robinson left the 18 Wheeler and returned about an hour later wearing a camouflage mask and carrying his pistol, police said.
Witnesses, who said there were 50 to 75 people in the bar, said patrons scrambled for cover when they saw Robinson brandish the weapon.
"People just started ducking under tables," said one trucker, who asked not to be identified. "Nobody was going to go near him with that gun he had."
The trucker said Robinson had been drinking but did not appear drunk. "He wasn't wobbly or anything," the trucker said.
Robinson then grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and tried to pull her from the bar, police said. As Robinson and the woman neared the exit, Wilson stood up. Robinson allegedly fired several times, striking Wilson once, police said.
After Robinson dragged the woman from the 18 Wheeler, Frey followed them and confronted Robinson, who killed him, police said.
Robinson then got into his 18-wheel tractor-trailer with the woman and drove west on Route 175. As he drove down the entrance ramp for southbound I-95, the truck tumbled onto its left side, Gardner said. He blamed the accident on a slippery road and the tractor-trailer's high speed.
Police and Truckers' Inn patrons said Robinson and his girlfriend arrived at the truck stop last weekend. Police said Robinson and the woman met about a week ago in California and had driven across the country together.