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Two charged in Sunday shooting in Aberdeen, police investigating connection to 2016 shooting of same man

Robert Bacote, 42, of the 2000 block of North Washington Street in Baltimore, is charged in the shooting early Monday morning of a man sitting in his car in front of his home in Aberdeen, Aberdeen police said.
Robert Bacote, 42, of the 2000 block of North Washington Street in Baltimore, is charged in the shooting early Monday morning of a man sitting in his car in front of his home in Aberdeen, Aberdeen police said.(Courtesy Aberdeen Police Dept. / Baltimore Sun)

A "romantic interest" was allegedly the motive in Monday's early morning shooting of an Aberdeen man as he sat in his car outside his home, an assistant state's attorney told a judge Wednesday.

It could also be the motive behind a 2016 incident in which Larry Woody, 62, of the 200 block of Angus Road, was shot while sitting inside his home, according to charging documents.

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Woody has been periodically romantically involved with a 31-year-old woman, who told police in 2016 she has "an extremely jealous and violent ex-boyfriend," according to charging documents.

A few years before the 2016 shooting, the ex-boyfriend allegedly called Woody and told him to leave the woman alone, according to charging documents.

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The ex-boyfriend is one of two men charged in Monday's shooting, though no one has been charged in the 2016 incident.

Charged are Robert Bacote, 42, of the 2000 block of North Washington Street in Baltimore, and Brian Gill, 35, 4300 block of Chapel Road in Perry Hall.

Gill is identified as the woman's ex-boyfriend, according to court records.

Both are charged with having a handgun on his person, attempted first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault. They are being held without bail at Harford County Detention Center.

Assistant State's Attorney Jason Allen told Harford District Court Judge Mimi Cooper during Gill's bail review hearing in Bel Air Wednesday afternoon that Gill admitted to putting a tracking device on Woody's vehicle.

"He acknowledged claims [that] he brought his cousin, who was supposed to intimidate the victim to keep the victim away from a romantic interest," Allen said.

Monday's incident

After being shot, Woody started to drive himself to the police station, calling police as he was driving, according to charging documents.

Police met Woody along the way and provided medical treatment for several gunshot wounds before he was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment.

Woody was released from the hospital later that day, police said.

During an interview with police, Woody said that during the week of March 30, he saw a suspicious car parked near his home. The car was eventually linked to Gill, according to charging documents.

Woody told police he couldn't identify the shooter, but said that the only person who allegedly would want to kill him would be Gill, the father of his "love interest's" children, according to charging documents.

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Woody also told police he found a GPS tracking device on his car, which he removed and put at the base of a tree in a parking lot in Towson. Police later found it where Woody said he had put it.

Gill later told police he had put the tracker on Woody's vehicle three to four weeks earlier and to verify if Woody was still dating his ex-girlfriend, court records say.

Gill's ex-girlfriend also told police she had found a GPS tracking device on her vehicle in 2016.

Two GPS non-law enforcement trackers were also found in Woody's vehicle during the 2016 shooting investigation, but no suspect information was developed, according to court records.

Police also interviewed Woody's sometime girlfriend, who said that Gill tried to rekindle their relationship in December 2017, an offer she declined, according to charging documents.

Police said Gill and Bocate "planned a tactical assault against Larry Woody that involved a higher level of intelligence gather and surveillance. The 2018 incident was very well planned and methodically executed," and the investigating detective said it was Gill's and Bocate's alleged intention to murder Woody, according to charging documents.

When he was interviewed, Gill said Bocate allegedly was the shooter and "was only supposed to intimidate Woody and make it clear that he was to stay away" from his ex-girlfriend, according to court records.

In considering Gill's bail in the case, Cooper told Gill the facts are "extremely disturbing" and said the period of time he allegedly was engaged in stalking the victim is "significant." She ordered that Gill continue to be held without bail.

"There are no conditions that would secure the public safety of the community, particularly Mr. Woody's safety," Cooper said.

Bacote did not have a bail hearing Wednesday.

Brian Gill, 35, 4300 block of Chapel Road in Perry Hall, is charged in the shooting early Monday morning of a man sitting in his car in front of his home in Aberdeen, Aberdeen police said.
Brian Gill, 35, 4300 block of Chapel Road in Perry Hall, is charged in the shooting early Monday morning of a man sitting in his car in front of his home in Aberdeen, Aberdeen police said.(Courtesy Aberdeen Police Dept. / Baltimore Sun)

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