Baltimore County police have identified the two men who were shot during a store robbery in Catonsville on Tuesday night - one of whom was a customer who lived nearby and died in the holdup.
Brian Michael Meise, 52, lived "just 10 steps" from Yours Convenience Store, said his sister, Dr. Shannon Kaiser, a dentist who also lives in Catonsville.
Meise, a construction worker, was friends with the store's owner, Sudhir Shah, and often did small jobs in the store, which is at one end of a retail building in the 700 block of Frederick Road.
About 7 p.m., a robber shot Meise and Shah, 55, for no apparent reason, then fled with an undisclosed sum of money, police said. No suspect has been identified.
Meise, the second of seven children, always went out of his way to help people, his sister said. Tuesday night, as Meise was entering the shop, he held the door for a departing woman, who heard gunshots as she crossed the street, Kaiser said.
Shah and Meise were the only ones in the store when the robbery occurred, police said. Shah had called police, and when officers arrived, they found him with at least one gunshot wound; he is expected to survive, police said. Meise was found dead.
Tuesday's fatal robbery comes eight months after another Catonsville homicide nearby on Frederick Road. In March, a 41-year-old man fatally beat patron Franklin J. Schissler, 66, in the men's room of Morseberger's tavern, police said. By coincidence, Meise was there that day and, true to his nature, came to Schissler's aid. "I got down on my knees and pulled his head up so he wouldn't drown," he told a reporter at the time.
Anyone with information about Tuesday's robbery is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
Baltimore Sun reporter Nick Madigan contributed to this article.