Gunman kills 2, injures 1, shoots self to death in Millersville townhouse

June 20, 1993|By Darren M. Allen and Peter Hermann | Darren M. Allen and Peter Hermann,Staff Writers

A man armed with a shotgun opened fire in a Millersville townhouse last night, killing a woman and a man, seriously wounding a second woman and then killing himself with the same gun.

Anne Arundel County police said the double-murder and suicide in the Old Mill area were apparently witnessed by a 4-year-old girl, who was in the home and standing within 10 feet of the three bodies when police arrived.

The girl was not physically injured, said Officer Terry Crowe, a police spokesman. "She was right in the middle of it all," Officer Crowe said of the girl, who is believed to be the dead woman's daughter.

Two hours after the shootings, police were still trying to piece together what had happened and why.

The gunman entered the town house in the 200 block of Chalet Circle West around 7:30 p.m., police said. They did not identify the victims or the gunman.

Police did not know the motive for the shootings, but said the gunman apparently was an ex-boyfriend of the dead woman.

The injured woman was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where her condition was unknown late last night, but was not believed to be life-threatening.

Officer Crowe said the man shot from the hallway of the two-story townhouse, and killed his ex-girlfriend, fatally shot a man standing in the hallway, shot the other woman in the hallway in the leg then turned the gun on himself.

David F. Graham, a neighbor who has lived in the townhouse community for five years, was finishing dinner around 7:30 p.m. when he and his family heard what sounded "like fireworks."

"This kind of thing concerns me, but I guess in today's age you just hope it doesn't happen near you," he said. "This ain't Washington, D.C. It happened in my court."

Shortly after the gunshots, police and emergency vehicles swarmed onto the "usually quiet" parking lot between the rows ** of townhouses, Mr. Graham said.

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