UPDATED: Police Shoot Naked Gunman at Beltway Motel

A naked man was reportedly shooting a rifle out of window at 3:40 a.m.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.)—Suspected drug paraphernalia was found in a motel room occupied by an armed man shot by police early Wednesday morning.

The 42-year-old suspect, who was shot multiple times after approaching police with a rifle while naked, is listed in critical condition at the Shock Trauma center of University of Maryland Medical Center, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton.

"We recovered some paraphernalia from the motel room but cannot confirm that illegal drugs are present until forensic testing is completed," Batton said.

Bystanders at the Beltway Motel, on the 3600 block of Washington Blvd. in Lansdowne, described a bizarre scene that began to fold at around 3:30 a.m.

According to John, a motel employee who declined to give his last name, the sound of shattering glass was the first indication that something was amiss.

"I heard a crash, and people said the guy next door was going crazy," John said.

"I went over to see what's going on," he said. "I looked in the window, and he's coming out of the bathroom naked, pulls a weapon and does this [aims the gun]."

That's when he called 911, John said.

Witnesses said that the suspect fired his weapon several times in the direction of Home Depot, which is located behind the motel.

Kenny Massie, a paving contractor working at the motel, said that the weapon was a military-style M-16 assault rifle. "I saw a cop pull it out of an evidence bag," he said.

Batton said that police fired their weapons when the suspect walked toward them with the rifle leveled and refused their demands that he drop the weapon.

Charges have not yet been filed against the suspect, she said.

The officers involved in the incident have been placed on routine administrative leave while the incident is investigated, according to police.

9:21 a.m. story: Baltimore County police said they shot a man who was reportedly firing a rifle through the second-floor window of a room at the Beltway Motel early Wednesday morning.

According to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton, at around 3:40 a.m., officers responded to the motel, located on the 3600 block of Washington Boulevard, after receiving reports of a naked man inside a room shooting a rifle through the window.

Police officers made their way to the second floor of the motel and encountered the suspect, who is described a 42-year-old white male, Batton said.

The suspect refused to comply with officers orders to drop his weapon, according to Batton.

When the suspect moved towards police officers, they discharged their weapons, Batton said.

The weapon was recovered by police at the scene, officials said.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to University of Maryland's Shock Trauma center, according to police.

The condition of the suspect is unknown. "We haven't received any word that this was a fatality," Batton said.

Forensic investigators are on the scene this morning, and the incident remains under investigation, Batton said.

Charges are pending in the incident, according to police.

Get the latest local news in the Arbutus Patch daily newsletter. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

al walker August 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
when are the owners of this disgusting place going to realize that the color alone is extremely unpleasant and just down right dreadful. they do not even try to make it presentable which is why it attracts garbage.
C.W. August 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
That place has always been known for prostitution and drug users. They should close that place down.
Red Dolphin August 30, 2012 at 01:18 AM
what the room number(s) you are referring to? how do you know this stuff goes on? what are the best times ? do you specific cases to back up your claims? hey I resent that, I know some up standing hard working red neck/bikers that play pool there every week end, they are gentlemen and the ladies are decent too and they never start any trouble , why would you say all those bad things about such a reputable place? I dont use drugs or pay for sex,,,,,,,,,, btw isnt alcohol a drug? ( not with standing legality Im talking moral vaules, you obviously dont know any one who works there at the restuarant/bar,,,,,,,,,,, they are nice folk
Red Dolphin August 30, 2012 at 01:23 AM
ever since they put that walmart across the street theres been "seedy characters" dwelling around the hotel,,,,,,,,,,,,, the hotel should be asking all customers for proper I.D. and they should pass back ground check right ? as well as there immigration status agree ? btw is there any particular lady you reccommend ?
Red Dolphin August 30, 2012 at 02:13 AM
what do you mean by "the color" ? what color would you suggest ?
al walker August 30, 2012 at 06:51 AM
what do i mean by color you ask. well lets start with the tacky 1970's orange along with the nasty looking brownish color, mixed with a little bit of red and green awnings, along front a updated blue and white sign with the retro yellow as a topper. by the way i didnt think those orange chairs were around anymore until I saw them in the photograph. i think someone needs to call 70's and let them know the hotel found their stuff.
Chillin August 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hey Patch, the bony guy in the photo leaning on the rail...what was he doing when you snapped his photo? His photo doesn't seem to tell anything about the story? The photo seems to tell the story of a lot of their permanent residents. Does any self respecting traveler stay in this place? Are all the 'guests' that rent rooms here just a bunch of junkies that make this their home? What's the story on this fellow leaning on the rail? Just curious.
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's Kevin Massie, and he is not a resident of the motel. Massie is a member of the work crew resurfacing the parking lot in front of the Beltway. He was leaning over to peek through the bullet hole.
Chillin August 30, 2012 at 07:34 PM
My apologies. I didn't see the explanation of the photo under it. A lot of photos aren't accompanied with a caption, so I must have overlooked it while skimming the photos. Thanks for the explanation.
Chillin August 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
This place had such a good name 20 years ago, and had enjoyed such for many years. It's a shame it has become a place to avoid.
Red Dolphin August 30, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Al Walker you crack me up! LOL ! what does the colot have to do with the integrity of the owners etc etc,,,,,,,,,,,whats the best time to find an escort ? ( just kidding ! every thing I wrote was "tongue in cheek" I know the place is a dive,,,,,,,,,, Id stillstop there agin if I knew any one there,,,,,,,,,, I dont any more any one know "Ed the cab driver" he was a long term resdient there? no longer there though he was my buddy
Red Dolphin August 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
business will be booming now !
justfineanddandy August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I Lived at that hell hole for a few years, its like a whirlpool you get stuck in. You move in "temporarily" so u can save up for a place, but after paying more then 200 a week, its hard to save up. While living there i seen 4 dead bodies, more fights then I can count, drug dealing, drug using, naked people on PCP climbing on the roof, the people who were leasing the restaurant then jumping a man simply because "he was drunk and wouldn't leave the bar", and obviously, this place hasnt changed.
justfineanddandy August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM
For instance, this picture of John (who was there when I too lived there, what happened to the house you owned you were about to move into?), he is not an employee correct? Well, they have this employee (whos being paid under minimum wage I assume) cleaning blood is the most ghetto tacky unsafe way as possible! A squeegee, a hose (laying in the bloody water) and some purex laundry detergent. No bags on your shoes (which you will now track his disgusting blood in every room you "repair"), then grab the hose (again, laying in the bloody water) with your bare hands then possibly put your cigarette in your mouth? Then Maybe reuse this 20 year old squeegee brush to clean something else. This picture ALONE should have the health department check out how clean these rooms are.
justfineanddandy August 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM
They never monitor who is there, and in fact COMPLAIN when someone calls 911 "too much"! Um, Im sorry, someone is trying to break into my room, or there is someone fighting in the parking lot and busted my window out...OR a naked girl on the roof, nope, dont raise their insurance, let them be. Now, who thought this guy who did this was "going crazy" what did he do prior that made people come to this conclusion? Anything that should have made u contact the police? Probably, but thats an assumption on my end. This place hires people who are obviously on drugs, so of coarse, why not let them live there too! This man could have killed MANY innocent people, but ever since the original owner (the father) has been pushed to the side, its turned into a shithole (about 20 years or so, ago, i heard it was the best place!)!
Neverlookback August 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I stayed here Very temporarily with a resident. He is still there. It's sad how this becomes an acceptable way of life for some people. There are people with kids living there and I can not fathom how they justify it! Not only is there a registered sex offender living there (one with a history against minors-and living Right above said children!) but I've seen drug vials broken, laying on the grass. Old mattresses (when they were "remodeling") sitting on the sidewalk for 2 months. And yes, arguing, screaming and random people/cars stopping by at All hours of the night. (at one point, who I was staying with didn't even want me to step outside for a cigarette). But people become desensitized and used to those situations...and then they call it home..this place is straight out of a bad 70s horror flick. And if anyone questions what happens there- contact the Baltimore county police, ask for a call log for the address. Drug activity, suspicious persons, theft, rape, sexual assauts, you name it..and those are just when people actually DO call 911.
justfineanddandy August 31, 2012 at 06:39 PM
While all of this is true, some people get STUCK there. Myself and my family were a perfect example of being stuck. When you arent familiar with this place, and your told they have weekly rates, and your homeless, its easy to do the whole "we'll stay here for a few weeks till we can find an affordable place" then next thing you know, after paying the rent there, buying take out food every day for dinner and lunch, and paying 50 cent a phone call, you MAY have some money left, but not much. There were junkies there who put themselves first and didnt think of their children, but there were also HARD working great people who had a family and was stuck there just the same. Oh, and btw, they are ALWAYS "remodeling", aka fixing the cheap job they did before. But, I will say this, abotu the sex offender thing, they are EVERYWHERE, check Socom.info, one probably lives on your street. Not that it makes the difference, but if they are aware a CHILD sex offender is there, and he is placed on property with children, THEY can be charged just as well for allowing it. If you KNOW he's there, call the police, a child sex offender is NOT suppose to live near children unless everyone is notified!
iknowwhoyouare September 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Not all of there employees were using drugs!!!
Neverlookback September 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Why hasn't there been an update on this story? Have the police not given any information as to the name or condition of this guy?
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I'll check on that. The police don't release somebody's name until they are charged, and they aren't usually charged until released from the hospital. I'll look into it first thing next week.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »