Police: Suspect shot man in front of own children

A man who died after being shot Thursday in a Northwest Baltimore grocery store parking lot was shot while inside a vehicle with the suspect — and the suspect's two children, police said.

"I did it, take me down, get me out of here," the suspect, Dwight Thomas Jenifer, 26, allegedly told police, according to court records.

The shooting occurred at about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of an Aldi's grocery store in the 3600 block of W. Cold Spring Lane. The victim, Terrez Bowden, 46, was found seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and was later pronounced dead.

Jenifer, of the 5400 block of Price Ave., told police that Bowden had tried to rob him and was shot over a struggle with a gun, police say. He is charged with first-degree attempted murder and related charges, and was being held without bond, court records show.

According to police, a witness at the scene said she heard a gunshot in the parking lot and saw a man later identified as Jenifer get out of the driver's seat of the car and remove two children from the back. Jenifer was still on the scene, and police approached him.

Police found a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol in an enclosed trash area nearby.

Jenifer's children were taken to the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, where they were interviewed along with their mother. "The children advised that their father shot the man who was in the car over a debt," police wrote in court documents.

But Jenifer said that Bowden had tried to rob him and pulled out a gun. He told police there was a struggle over the weapon when it went off. He said he removed the kids from the vehicle and threw the gun in the trash.

Jenifer has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 25. No attorney was immediately listed in court records.


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