Mount Airy Domestic

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in Mount Airy on Thursday, where two people died. The shooter then killed himself.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who killed two people in a shooting in Mount Airy on Thursday as the husband of one of the victims.

Joseph Zujkowski, 35, drove from his home in Gaithersburg to Bennett Branch Avenue in Mount Airy where his wife, 36-year-old Heather Zujkowski, lived with their three children, according to a press release issued late Thursday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and Mount Airy police officers were called to respond to a shooting in that area and arrived to find Heather Zujkowski dead from gunshot wounds in front of her home while 18-year-old Noah Homayouni, a next door neighbor, barely clinging to life nearby.

Homayouni was receiving treatment from emergency medical personnel while he was rushed to a state police helicopter to be taken to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, but he died before he could be airlifted, the release states.

Witnesses at the scene helped police quickly identify Joseph Zujkowski. A Carroll County detective was able to contact him on his cell phone as he was arriving back at his home in Gaithersburg, Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said during a press conference held at the scene of the shooting Thursday.

Montgomery County police as well as Gaithersburg city officers established a perimeter around Joseph Zujkowski’s home, only for him to walk outside and take his own life a short time later, The Frederick News-Post previously reported.

The investigation into the shooting revealed that Joseph and Heather Zujkowski were separated and that Heather Zujkowski had filed a protective order against her husband that had expired in January. Detectives were still unsure what Joseph Zujkowski’s motivation might have been for attacking Homayouni, or if there even was a motive, the release states.

DeWees confirmed Thursday that none of the couple’s children were harmed and Thursday evening’s release added that the children, who ranged in age between 5 and 12, were staying with family members and friends.

Anyone with information about Joseph Zujkowski or the shooting is asked to contact a Carroll County detective either by email to, or by phone at 410-386-2571.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

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

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By the way, if you need hints on basic research, look up the suspect in Maryland, Florida and West Virginia. All public records.


The Second Amendment is irrelevant in this conversation. If anyone did their homework -- including the media -- this violent criminal has been arrested in the past. In fact, the victim wife had a protection order against him that recently expired. Whether he was legally allowed to possess firearms or not has yet to be revealed by the news media. The bottom line is that HE obtained and used a firearm in the commission of a violent crime ... homicide. The rifle alone didn't do it.


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So glad the second amendment guarantees that abusive husbands are part of a well regulated militia.


So glad you feel the need to talk about bearing arms, when 3 kids are left without parents. Let’s alll pray for them.


Ystj - I’m concerned about all the children who lose their mothers and their own lives because of the well regulated militia we have in this country.


Would you please point out where in the second amendment it guarantees that abusive husbands are part of a well regulated militia, seven? I've read it but, apparently, missed that part.


One might ask what is a “well regulated militia?” I guess the Constitution laid the foundation of governing but not all the rules to apply 🤷‍♂️. One might think the “Forefathers” thought their descendants would be wise enough to have common sense to establish regulations (rules, governance) over the militia (an armed band) recognizing what is ‘well’ or ‘unwell’. Clearly that was a mistake. So what does a “Well regulated militia” mean?


Seven, neither the Second Amendment, nor Federal Law, nor Maryland state law afforded him the ability to obtain firearms. Th the contrary, he was in violation of both Federal and State laws in his possession of firearms.


Ystj Apr 4, 2020 7:15am

“Let’s alll pray for them.”

Out of curiosity, what do you think that will accomplish? After all, you are praying to a god (or gods) that was content to let the 3 kids be orphans.

DG Owl

Why does God so easily get the blame especially from people who obviously don't know him? We all have free will. How we exercise that is up to us.


“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

So how do you think these militias were formed? Individuals brought their personal weapons. Without their personal weapons, there would be no militias. That's why "the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED".

It's plain language and in the Bill of Rights. You know, those rights granted not by government, but by a higher being.

dancing donna

More children left with no parents. There is no greater evil than separating a mother from her children. God help these children and their families. Our sincere condolences.


Your first sentence made sense “from the parents” but just from the mother?? What about the father? Terrible tragic situation and never should have happened, but I have a feeling his children were taken from him and he snapped.


For good reason. He was a jealous psycho. Stop blaming women for men and their violent behaviours.


Calm down white knight. No one blamed the “women”


And killing their mother was the way to get them back?


Nobody said that... But don’t expect people to be ok when you rip their kids from them, then automatically assume the person deserved it. Unfortunately the court system isn’t always fair.

dancing donna

I am not giving the father the respect bc he is a murderer. When you kill the life giver, you also kill part of the child. It does not matter why the children were at the mothers. She had a restraining order, so he had a history of abuse. Those kids had probably already seen the abuse or maybe even experienced it themselves. A mother, when present, is the center of a young child's universe. A mother is their safe haven and their identity. The father knew that killing the mother was the most hurt he could inflict on her.


When’s Mother and father are “present” they’re the center of a young child’s universe” it’s not a one way street. A restraining order can be filed and granted so easily so that doesn’t say much, what does say much is his reaction to what happened . Once again wasn’t right and apparently had some screws loose but anyone is gonna loose it in some way when their children are taken away.


There is no greater evil than separating a mother from her children, donna? Even those mothers who neglect and/or abuse their children?


What the hell are you talking about, old man?


Seriously Cheeto, you really can't figure out my point? Really?


Too bad MEN are the abusers 99% of the time. Have all the seats.

dancing donna

There are always exceptions that these platforms don't seem to assume.

Alice Jones

Tragic. Condolences to family and friends. Rest in Peace.

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