A Randallstown woman who was Christmas shopping with friends in downtown Baltimore last night was confronted by her estranged husband and shot to death, police said.
Less than 20 minutes later and a block away, the victim's husband was shot to death by a man dressed in black.
Dennis Hill, spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said Audry Simpson, 23, was walking in the 200 block of West Baltimore Street with friends just after 6 p.m. when she saw her estranged husband, Reginald Simpson, 25, of Westminster.
Mr. Hill said that Mrs. Simpson, of the 8000 block of Church Lane, wanted to tell her husband what she had bought their children for Christmas but the conversation turned into an argument.
A Baltimore Street merchant, who knew the Simpsons, came out of his store and calmed them, Mr. Hill said. But the merchant told police that after he returned to his store he heard two gunshot blasts and sawMrs. Simpson fall to the pavement.
She died later at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The merchant told police that he saw Mr. Simpson run into a parking garage in the 400 block of East Baltimore Street.
As Mr. Simpson left the garage on Fairmount Street, he was assaulted by a man dressed in black. The two struggled, Mr. Simpson's gun discharged and he fell to the ground, police said. Detectives said Mr. Simpson, of the first block of Charles Street in Westminster, died at the scene.