2 brothers shot to death in dispute at St. Mary's house

October 09, 2001|By Michael Scarcella | Michael Scarcella,SUN STAFF

A dispute yesterday morning at a house in the Great Mills area of St. Mary's County resulted in gunfire, leaving two brothers dead - one of them an off-duty Anne Arundel County firefighter.

State police said the shooting appeared to be the result of a dispute between members of a family who lived in the house. The victims had been installing siding there and had no other connection to the feuding family, police said.

A suspect in the shooting fled to Solomons in Calvert County and was reportedly holding a female hostage last night in her trailer home, police said.

Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman, said the man fired at a trooper's cruiser with a shotgun as he fled in a Ford Explorer.

"The police car was hit at least four times," Shipley said.

The man abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area, taking refuge in a house trailer whose female occupant was being held hostage last night, police said.

Killed in the shooting were Louis A. Moreland, 39, a veteran Anne Arundel County firefighter, and his brother, whose name was not available. Moreland, a firefighter in Anne Arundel for 18 years, installed siding part-time, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, county fire spokesman.

"We're still in shock over the news - and that's an understatement," Scholz said. "Everyone is still in disbelief."

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