2 women shot in Ellicott City church; 1 dead; man found fatally shot nearby

| May 3, 2012

Howard County police are investigating three shootings — two of them fatal — that occurred Thursday evening in and around St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

Two women were found shot in an office at the church; one was dead and one critically injured. Police also found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the woods near the church. There was a gun nearby.

According to police, a custodian at the church in the 3600 block of Rogers Avenue called 911 at about 5:20 p.m. after discovering the two women.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other has been transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in very critical condition, according to police. Neither they nor the man have been identified.

Police said they do not know whether the women or man worked at the church. Other than the women, the custodian was the only person at the church when officers responded, police said.

Neighbors said they watched a police SWAT team storm into the church building.

Police said officers found the man outside after clearing the church building, and are investigating a possible connection between the man and the women.

Police have blocked off Rogers Avenue completely from Frederick Road to Rusty Rim, leaving residents of Bonnybridge Place — across the street from the church — without access to their homes.

Hours after the initial call to police, about a dozen residents were in their cars parked along Rogers Avenue waiting to get to their homes. Other nearby residents stood watching the police investigation unfold.

Enija Davidonyte, 13, of Bonnybridge Place, said she heard sirens, helicopters and dogs outside her home at about 5:30 p.m., when she and her mother took a walk to a nearby store.

 

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