2 brothers fatally shot at house in St. Mary's

hostage taken

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 fled in a pickup truck, firing a shotgun at a pursuing state trooper before running to a trailer home in nearby Calvert County and taking a hostage. The trailer was surrounded by police late last night, with officers attempting negotiations, police said.

Killed 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, was assigned to the Harwood-Lothian station as an apparatus driver. He installed siding part time, and his brother was a contractor in the business, 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."

The shooting suspect, also not identified, fled to the community of Solomons, where he abandoned his pickup truck and ran through woods to a house trailer where one of the three occupants was being held hostage, police said.

Shipley said the man entered the trailer carrying a shotgun.

Police were communicating by telephone with the man last night. It was not known whether he had any relationship with the hostage.

Sun staff writers Laura Barnhardt and Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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