Husband dead, wife critical in shooting

Anne Arundel couple discovered by their son

police find gun at scene

September 25, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police were investigating yesterday the cause of a double-shooting Thursday night in Riviera Beach that left a man dead and his wife in critical condition at a local hospital.

About 9:45 p.m., authorities were called to a home on Kenwood Road, where Christopher Carmen Crocetti, 47, and his wife, Karen Alice Crocetti, 43, had suffered gunshot wounds, said police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan. The couple were discovered by their son, who called 911, Jordan said.

Christopher Crocetti was pronounced dead at the scene.

Karen Crocetti was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in critical condition late yesterday. Division Chief John M. Scholz, a county Fire Department spokesman, said yesterday that she sustained serious head injuries, though he would not comment on the cause.

Police said a gun believed to be the weapon used was recovered at the scene.

Investigators' interviews with several family members revealed that the Crocettis' relationship may have been troubled, according to a news release. A police spokeswoman said yesterday that no calls requesting emergency assistance had been made from the address before Thursday.

Those close to the family gathered yesterday at the home, a brick and stone cottage with small palms planted in the front yard and a boat parked in the driveway. They declined to comment.

Police said yesterday that it was not clear whether one of the victims shot the other before shooting himself or herself.

Jordan said he did not know how much time had elapsed between when the Crocettis were shot and when they were found. The department's investigation is continuing, and the results of Christopher Crocetti's autopsy are not yet available, he said.

The Crocettis owned Coldstar Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in Severna Park, and Cristoforo's Castle, an Italian restaurant on Potee Street in Brooklyn. The restaurant was known for years as Castello D'Abruzzo when it was owned by Cristopher Crocetti's father, Louis.

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