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Police arrest 2 more suspects in Belair Road gun-shop slaying


Baltimore police arrested two more suspects yesterday in the robbery of a Belair Road gun store and the fatal shooting of its owner.

Lawrence Bell Jr., 38, of the 2300 block of Druid Hill Avenue was arrested after he surrendered to police in the Central District lobby at 12:30 a.m., said police spokesman Dennis S. Hill. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and two other handgun violations.

Later in the morning, homicide detectives went to the home of James Carlton Blackwell Jr. in the 2200 block of West Baltimore Street with an arrest warrant. He was taken into custody at 8:30 a.m. when he walked out of his front door as detectives arrived.

He was charged with the same crimes as Mr. Bell. Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore jail.

Yesterday's arrests bring the total number of suspects in custody for the Sept. 11 robbery and shooting to seven. Police are still looking for Kevin Terrell Brown, 18, of the 5900 block of Radecke Avenue.

The men are accused of entering the Northeast Gun Shop in the 4900 block of Belair Road and shooting the owner, Charles E. Scheuerman, 53, in the chest. A customer, Michael Berman, 42, of Columbia, was shot in the back and critically wounded.

Of the 43 guns stolen from the shop, 35 are still missing, and police hold out little hope of recovering them. No handguns were recovered in either arrest yesterday.

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