A Montgomery County man shot and killed two people outside a home near Mount Airy before killing himself back at his residence on Thursday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Neither the suspect nor the two victims was being identified as of Thursday afternoon, but Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said detectives believe there was some kind of relationship between the suspect and one of the victims, a woman, who was killed in the 7900 block of Bennett Branch Road. The shooting happened at around 3 p.m. and the first Carroll County units arrived a short time later to find a man barely clinging to life and suffering multiple gunshots wounds, as well as the female victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 7900 block of Bennett Branch Road, DeWees said.

“At the time they encountered [the male victim] he was alive, they started CPR, they were able to get medics here quickly [and] those medics transported that individual to a staging area just ... north of this location at the Mount Airy Carnival grounds,” DeWees said, addressing reporters at the scene. “Trooper 3 from the Maryland State Police was here to transport the subject to University of Maryland [but] before they could do that transport, that individual died.”

DeWees said the suspect, who had fled the scene driving toward Montgomery County, was identified thanks to interviews with several witnesses at the scene and attempts were made to reach the man on the phone.

Two shot in Mount Airy

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in Mount Airy Thursday afternoon, where two people were pronounced dead.

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office detective was able to get the man on the phone and spoke with him briefly while Carroll County units advised Montgomery County police of the man’s address in Gaithersburg, DeWees said.

“One of my deputies was able to speak with him for a brief period of time, he was at [his] residence there [in Gaithersburg],” DeWees said. “We know that Montgomery County made it out to the residence, had contact with him, and then at some point he took his [own] life.”

Capt. Tom Jordan, a Montgomery County Police Department spokesman: “While we were responding to look for the individual, he exited the residence and ended his life before the police could even confront him.”

Carroll County sheriff’s deputies said there were as many as three children ranging in ages from 2 to 8 who were inside the home at 7902 Bennett Branch Road, all of whom were safe.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available, DeWees said.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Just curious, is this someone who got let out of jail (or not booked into it) because of the virus? It's horrible either way.


Wish we could delete our own posts.... there was an updated story with names released almost as soon as I wrote my post.


I thought the standard procedure was to name the XY block of such and such road and not the exact address in articles such as these.

Alice Jones

A complete waste. Where's the gun loons now? RIP.


Do you really think if he had so much hatred towards someone, not having a gun would have stopped him. There are other means to kill someone if you have such a desire to kill. Again guns don’t kill people, crazy people do. Do you feel safe when a police officer is near with a gun? Remember that police officers gun is not for your protection, it’s for their protection.

Alice Jones

I think it may have slowed down the carnage. Gun is too easy. Pull the trigger. Done. So that little projectile ejected from end of the barrel did not cause catastrophic bodily damage which resulted in death? Hmmmmmm. You may want to talk to the 'people' that make said projectile. It may be counter to their mission - which is to make those things as deadly as possible. Give it a rest. Arguing about an officer having a weapon is straw man. Try again.


I think you need to watch some videos of knife attacks and open up your little eyes


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] pittsmom


Yes. Sane people do think that.

The voice of reason

This is so sad. Please leave your whining about medical insurance to yourself. Can you really be an educator? I seriously doubt it.


Too bad he offed two others first.


Many mentally fragile people are at their breaking point in the pandemic

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