Police seeking two men after shootout kills two


Baltimore County police last night were seeking two men after a shootout that left a Randallstown homeowner and an intruder dead.

A Baltimore man being treated for a gunshot wound at Maryland Shock Trauma Center also remains a suspect in the case, police said. The man was being held under guard.

The shootings in a two-story brick home in the 3900 block of Shenton Road took place shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Christopher Edward Payne, 29, owner of the home, and Gary Dickens, 30, of the 3600 block of W. Belvedere Ave. in Baltimore, died of wounds.

Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said that as Debra Payne, wife of Mr. Payne, her 3-year-old son and a female friend arrived home from shopping, several men forced their way in and ordered them to lie down.

Mr. Payne came to the top of the stairs with a handgun. Police were unsure how many shots were fired.

Mr. Payne, owner of a Baltimore convenience store, was shot in the head. Mr. Dickens, identified by police as an intruder, was shot in the upper body. The women and child were not injured.

Three men fled and left the neighborhood by taking a car from a man and woman delivering pizzas. They forced the man out and drove off with the woman inside. But she jumped out a short distance away and escaped with minor injuries.

A .38-caliber revolver was recovered in the house, but police had not identified the owner, Mr. Miller said.

At the house yesterday afternoon near Liberty Road, four women and a man were removing items from the house but refused to comment.

Neighbors said the Paynes had moved there in the last year.

"I know they used to throw quite a few loud parties and that they owned nice cars," said Morty Levin, 58, a neighborhood resident since 1975. "And, there have always been a lot of people going in and out of that house even while they were away."

Investigators believe the family was targeted, but the motive is unclear, Mr. Miller said.

The 1984 gray, four-door Nissan Maxima taken from the couple delivering pizzas had not been recovered by last night. The car had Maryland tags ATT 402.

Police believe they have enough information to charge the man in Shock Trauma after his release from the hospital today, Mr. Miller said.

The man, who arrived in the city by the Metro line from Owings Mills, came to Shock Trauma about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. He told city police he had been shot in the right knee at Eutaw and Lexington streets.

City police knew of no shooting in that area, so county police were alerted.

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