Girl, 16, fatally shot in car outside pool hall


Anne Arundel County police are looking for a man who shot and killed a 16-year-old Bowie girl outside a Crofton pool hall Monday night.

Catherine Elizabeth Webster died at Prince George's Hospital Center late yesterday morning. She had been shot once in the head, police said.

Miss Webster and two Bowie men, ages 18 and 19, drove to Crofton Billiards about 11 p.m., but found that it is closed Mondays. The pool hall, in the Priest Bridge Center in the 2100 block of Defense Highway, also is known as Chalk Talk, police said.

The trio returned to their car and were leaving the parking lot when a man yelled to them. The 19-year-old driver stopped the car, a 1988 Nissan 300ZX, to see what the man wanted, police said.

The man raised his shirt to reveal a large-caliber revolver. Police said the gunman made a demand, but they refused to specify what it was. The driver sped off, Sgt. Robert Jaschik, chief of the Police Department's homicide unit, said, and the gunman fired several shots at the car. One bullet went through the rear window and hit Miss Webster, who was sitting in the back seat, police said.

The driver was struck in the side, police said. He was treated at the hospital center and released.

The other passenger, age 18, who was not injured. turned around in the front seat and saw Miss Webster slumped over, bleeding from her wound. The driver raced to Bowie Volunteer Fire Station on Route 450, and dialed 911 on his cellular telephone, Sergeant Jaschik said.

Police would not release the name of the driver or the other passenger because both are witnesses. Miss Webster's family declined to talk to a reporter yesterday. "It's been a very sad day," an unidentified woman said outside the victim's home.

Detectives have been working round-the-clock since the shooting.

"Most of us haven't been to bed yet," Sergeant Jaschik said yesterday afternoon.

The gunman was described as a black male about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He is in his late teens or early 20s. He has a dark complexion with razor bumps on his face; a small, thin goatee and closely cropped hair. He was wearing baggy blue jeans; a dark, long-sleeved, pull-over shirt; and red-and-white striped boxer shorts.

Miss Webster's companions told police the gunman was with another man who was driving a compact car that may have been white or gray.

Anyone with information about the slaying should call Detective Dean D'Camera at 222-3461.

The homicide is the county's third this year. Angelia K. Hamilton, 22, was shot Feb. 14 during an attempted robbery at a Maryland City mobile phone store. She died the next day. Police have not made an arrest in that crime.

On Jan. 15, Steven Bernard Thomas, 32, was stabbed to death at his home in Pioneer City. His wife, Merle Denise Thomas, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder.

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