Arundel shootings leave 2 dead, 1 hurt

Incident begins in Edgewater office, ends with assailant apparently killing himself

October 08, 2005|By JULIE BELL AND BRADLEY OLSON | JULIE BELL AND BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTERS

A Bowie man shot two men in an Edgewater mortgage office yesterday, killing one with a blast to the chest and wounding the other in the shoulder, before fleeing and apparently taking his life, Anne Arundel County police said.

Kenneth Brian Kertesz, 43, of Waldorf, an employee of the mortgage office, died just after 6 p.m. at the Prince George's Hospital Center shock trauma unit in Cheverly, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a police spokesman.

William Augustus Snow Jr., 44, of Chesapeake Beach was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

Michael Wayne Baxter Jr., 30, was found dead - shot in the head with a rifle - in the cab of a silver pickup truck about two blocks from the mortgage office.

Police called it a "domestic-related incident" but did not explain further.

A person who answered the phone at a number listed for Baxter said, "I'm not interested in talking. Thank you," and hung up.

Police said Baxter walked through the front door of the office building at 3158 Braverton Road shortly before 3:30 p.m. and up to the second floor office of Universal Mortgage & Finance. There, police said, he shot the two men.

Witnesses described the suspect and a silver Dodge truck he was driving, and an off-duty Anne Arundel County officer discovered the vehicle minutes later in front of a Rite Aid store at 110 Mitchell's Chance Road. Baxter was dead in the front seat. Police recovered a rifle from the truck.

Deborah Lizzio, a Universal Mortgage loan officer, said about 10 people worked on the floor. Company officers couldn't be reached and Lizzio declined to say more, explaining her information came from co-workers who called her at home.

"I did not go in today, thank God," she said, explaining she went to visit her sister in a nursing home instead, something she usually does on Tuesdays. "A friend of mine that works in the shopping center beside me called me to make sure I was OK."

Lizzio said she did not know Kertesz well and had never heard of Snow.

The mortgage office is in a red, two-story brick building, much like a number of others in the area. Townhouses are located behind it. Neighbors said they hadn't heard shots, discovering something was wrong only when police swarmed the area.

juliana.bell@baltsun.com bradley.olson@baltsun.com

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