Police: No Charges For Man Who Killed Attacker
(WJZ) Baltimore, MD Sources inside the Baltimore City Police Department tell Eyewitness News' Adam May the man who shot a group of attempted armed robbers at the Cross Keys Shopping Center will most likely be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Mark Beckwith, 57, was getting ready to make a bank deposit Friday when he was attacked in broad daylight. At that point, police say Beckwith pulled out a handgun that he was permitted to carry and fatally shot 22-year-old Keith Love in the chest. Corey McLeaurin, 29, was apprehended after he went to the hospital for a non-fatal gunshot wound.
Police are in the process of questioning McLeaurin in the hope he will reveal the identities of two other men who abandoned the getaway car.
Under Maryland state law, police have discretion in issuing concealed weapons permits. In most cases, there must be documented threats against the permit seeker. There is also a provision for people who transport cash as part of their business practice.
Beckwith is a businessman who owns several gas stations that have been targeted by criminals before. According to the Department of Justice, 1% of all crime victims use a gun to defend themselves. But there is an ongoing debate on how effective concealed weapons permits are when it comes to deterring crime.
In the U.S. it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in seven states, while it is legal with some restrictions in 29 states. Other states, like Maryland, make it difficult to get a permit.
Baltimore police are wrapping up their investigation into the shooting right now. Eyewitness News spoke with Beckwith Sunday, but his attorney urged him not to speak publicly until the investigation is complete.
Police will turn over their findings to the City State's Attorney's Office for a final review as early as this week.
Sounds like his CCW was pretty effective in deterring this crime!