The 55-year-old owner of a Northeast Baltimore restaurant was found shot to death inside his business Monday morning, and police were investigating a possible robbery motive.
City police confirmed the victim as Michael J. Sullivan, who court records show was a resident of Harford County and who owned Sully’s Seafood & Subs in the 5500 block ofBelair Rd., which splits the city's Waltherson and Frankford neighborhoods.
Officers were called to the scene at about 10:50 a.m. for what was initially characterized as a “suspicious death.” Investigators later determined Sullivan had been shot. A robbery motive was being explored, though spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said items of value were left behind. Sully’s Seafood & Subs also functioned as a check-cashing business and had lottery terminals.
Kenny So, the owner of the adjoining Curran's Delly, said the neighborhood is generally safe but said the shooting was unnerving.
“It's terrible - it's a tragedy. Everybody's scared. It could happen to anybody. It could've been me this morning,” So said.
According to So, a customer of Sully's Seafood tried to enter the business, and saw the victim's body inside and called police. So was at his own deli at the time police arrived on the scene, but he said employees did not hear gunshots during the morning.
Police could not say whether they believed the shooting happened in the morning or sometime overnight.
The killing comes on the heels of a weekend that saw three people killed in Baltimore - an 18-year-old shot at a gas station, a 42-year-old fatally stabbed at an East Baltimore boarding home, and a 68-year-old killed in a robbery in Northwest Baltimore.