Motel clerk in critical condition after being shot during holdup


A 27-year-old Aberdeen motel clerk remained in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after she was shot in the chest during a robbery late Monday, a hospital spokesman said.

Glenda Darlene Wyatt of Joppa was behind the desk at the Econo Lodge Motel on Route 22 near Interstate 95 about 11:45 p.m. when a man dressed in dark clothing and armed with a 9 mm handgun entered the lobby and announced a holdup, said Maj. Harry Gruber of the Aberdeen Police Depart- ment.

The gunman ordered two other female employees to lie on the floor, fired two shots into the ceiling and demanded money from Miss Wyatt, Major Gruber said.

After she gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, he shot her without apparent provocation at least once in the chest at point-blank range and ran, Major Gruber said.

"The clerk never resisted, and there was no reason why the man had to shoot her," he said.

One of the other employees called 911. A state police helicopter, K-9 units and area law enforcement officers searched the area but could not find the holdup man.

Miss Wyatt has been working at the Econo Lodge about five months, motel officials said.

Aberdeen police request that anyone with information on the shooting call (410) 272-2121.

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