Man, 47, is indicted in drugstore shooting

A grand jury yesterday indicted a 47-year-old Catonsville man accused of shooting and seriously wounding a Howard County school custodian in an Ellicott City Rite Aid.

In another case, a 32-year-old Columbia man accused of killing his 2-year-old stepson was also indicted.


A Howard grand jury returned indictments on charges of attempted murder, felony assault and handgun violations against James Milton Lane of Rambling Oaks Way in the pharmacy shooting Aug. 2.

Attorneys for Lane have filed a plea of not criminally responsible.


Lane is accused of walking into the Rite Aid drugstore in the 8600 block of Baltimore National Pike and firing at Robert Lee Jackson, the chief custodian at Mayfield Woods Middle School in Elkridge, according to court papers.

Authorities and Jackson's family said Jackson did not know Lane and that the incident apparently was a random act. Police said Lane, who dropped to the floor after the shooting, told a pharmacist he had been in an accident before he started firing, according to charging documents. There was apparently no "provocation" for the shooting, documents state.

Jackson was hit in the arm, leg, back and hip, his sister said.

The grand jury also returned indictments on charges of first-degree murder, child abuse and felony assault against Marcus Dannon Owens in the death of his stepson Kevonte Davis. Owens is accused of causing fatal injuries to Kevonte while he was watching the boy, a second stepchild and a 1-year-old child in the family's home in the 5200 block of Brookway.

Owens told authorities that he was caring for the three children while his wife was at work July 30, according to charging documents. Owens told police that the child was "lethargic" and had difficulty waking up from a nap, the documents state.

Kevonte was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital that night. A medical examiner said the boy died of blunt force trauma and that the injuries were so severe that they would have occurred within four hours of his death, according to the documents.

Owens denied hurting Kevonte, documents state.

Both men were being held in the Howard County Detention Center.