A 58-year-old gas station clerk was gunned down at an Annapolis Exxon station during what police think was a botched robbery attempt early today.
About 12:30 a.m., a customer who stopped at the Chesapeake Exxon found the body of Bruce William Maddox, 58, who had been working the overnight shift at the station, on Defense Highway across from Annapolis Mall.
The customer found Mr. Maddox, of the first block of Silopanna Road in Annapolis, inside the cashier's booth bleeding from the upper body area, police spokesman Officer Terry Crowe said.
Investigators say they do not have any witnesses to the shooting and that nothing inside the cashier's booth appeared to be missing.
Gary Thompson, owner of the station, said Mr. Maddox helped his last customer at 12:23 a.m.
"It's one of the busiest stations in the county, so it was only eight minutes before a customer came up," he said.
Mr. Maddox was pronounced dead at the station, police said.
Mr. Thompson said Mr. Maddox, a former truck driver, had worked at the station since April 1991 and normally worked the overnight shift.
Mr. Maddox's wife, Ginger, as well as his sister, Nina Wooten, sometimes worked at the station, Mr. Thompson said.
Anyone with any information about the slaying should call police at 987- 8669.