A 58-year-old gas station clerk was gunned down at an Annapolis Exxon station early yesterday during what police think was a botched robbery attempt.
A customer who stopped at the Chesapeake Exxon about 12:30 a.m. 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, said Officer Terry Crowe, Anne Arundel County police spokesman.
Investigators say that they have no witnesses and that nothing appeared to be missing from the booth. The door of the booth was open.
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 scene, police said.
Mr. Thompson said Mr. Maddox, a former truck driver, had worked at the station since April 1991.
"The customers all knew him, and they would stop in and talk," said Ginger Maddox, Mr. Maddox's wife. "At that time in the morning, someone had to have seen something."
Mrs. Maddox said she went to the station about 11:45 p.m. Thursday to see her husband.
"He was his usual laughing and joking self," she said. "I'm just so shocked. . . . It's so senseless to kill someone with no reason. I just wish someone who knew something would come forward."
Anyone with information should call Anne Arundel police at 987-8669.