Owner of SUV killed in theft


An Annapolis resident was shot in the head and run over by his own sport utility vehicle last night in a carjacking -- the city's third homicide of the year, and the first in recent memory in the historic district, police said.

The victim's name was withheld.

Authorities were searching for his vehicle -- described as a dark gray 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Maryland tags 1 CMB, and occupied by two young males.

Police said a resident of the first block of Cumberland Court reported about 7:30 p.m. that a man had been struck by a Jeep on the street and that the vehicle sped away.

The resident also reported hearing a gunshot coming from the area.

When police arrived, they found the middle-aged victim lying on the ground, suffering from what they described as "grave injuries." Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene from at least one gunshot wound to the head, and that evidence showed he had been run over.

The homicide occurred near historic Hammond Harwood House, a Georgian home completed in 1765 and standing at Maryland Avenue and Cumberland Court -- a quiet residential cul-de-sac lined with a white picket fence.

The site is less than two blocks from the State House.

"It is a senseless tragedy. It's horrible. The man who was killed was a very nice, gentle and kind neighbor," said a woman who lives with her husband on Cumberland Court but declined to give her name."

"It's unbelievable," said Shane Bowler, 28, walking to his nearby home early today from his job as a manager of Harry Brown's restaurant on State Circle. "I've lived here for 12 years. I walk up and down this street six or seven times a day and this scares me."

Sun staff writers Stephen Kiehl and Johnathon E. Briggs contributed to this article.

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