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Reverend shot, critically wounded, assistant killed in Howard Church

He ate at the church pantry in Ellicott City, but something snapped, and police said that on Thursday he came to  St. Peter's Episcopal Church and shot a reverend and an administrative assistant. He then returned to nearby woods and took his own life.

Here is today's story by reporter Scott Dance [read complete coverage here]:

Douglas Franklin Jones was a regular visitor to the food pantry at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, living just yards away in a wooded area behind a house owned by the church.

But in a recent visit, Jones, 56, became belligerent and church members asked him to leave. When he returned to the church Thursday evening, police say, he shot the only two people in the building.

Police found Brenda Brewington, a 59-year-old church administrative assistant, and the Rev. Marguerite Mary Kohn, 62, the church's co-rector, shot inside the church; Brewington was dead and Kohn was critically wounded. They found Jones across the church parking lot in the woods near the 3600 block of Rogers Ave., dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting rattled Episcopalians across the state and the nation, as well as neighbors in the quiet community surrounding the church, near Ellicott City's historic downtown. The shootings occurred on the eve of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland's annual convention, a meeting that was delayed Friday by a prayer service for the victims.

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