Pizzeria owner in serious condition after robbery, shooting

Dec. 5, 2002

GLEN BURNIE, Md. -- The owner of a Glen Burnie pizza store remained hospitalized in serious condition after he and one employee were shot during a Dec. 4 robbery.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Pizza Grande owner Shaukat Hayat Khan, 57, was shot several times in the upper body during the robbery, police said. He is in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Employee Benjamin Terry Tabler, 53, was struck in the head with an unknown object and shot once in the lower body. Tabler was released from the hospital yesterday.

Pizza Grande remains closed.

Employees at nearby pizza shops said they were taking stock of safety measures.

"We talk about safety every day, but something like this makes me more tense," said Rhonda Jones, manager of the Domino's Pizza just across the street from Pizza Grande. She said her restaurant's policy is not to resist robbery attempts and to keep less than $75 in the store.

Pizza Capitol employees said they have been extra vigilant since the crime.

"We are scared," said owner Nadeem Meher. "We don't know why something like this would happen. It's sad, to be honest."

Police said a pair of men, one armed with a handgun, entered Pizza Grande about 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, announced they were robbing the shop and opened fire on the owner and employee.

Both suspects were wearing ski masks. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the store.

Topics: Crime , Independent Operation

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