Owings Mills contractor, father of two among victims of Montgomery County triple homicide

Officials on Tuesday identified the victims of a triple homicide in which a man held his wife against her will, followed her to a neighboring Maryland home and fatally shot three people before killing himself, Montgomery County police said.

Among the victims is Craig Harold Shotwell, 54, an Owings Mills contractor working at the home where the shooting occurred, police said. Also killed were Mary Ann Olson, 66, who lived at the home where the shooting occurred, and 70-year-old Danny Lee Murphy, 70, who was visiting from South Dakota.

Police say that Christopher Snyder held his wife hostage in their home over the weekend, and she fled Monday to Olson’s nearby home, at 22002 Brown Farm Way. Snyder followed her to Olson’s home, where he fatally shot three people.

The suspect then fled to his own home and barricaded himself inside before shooting himself, according to police. Tactical teams spoke to him on the phone for several hours before forcing their way in at about 11 p.m. They believe Snyder shot himself then. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Snyder’s wife and two other adults were able to escape unharmed from the home where the shooting occurred.

Shotwell, a contractor and father of two, was working on the deck at Olson’s Brookville home when he was shot by Snyder. Shotwell was a partner in the contracting company Your Home Solution who shared his tips on home improvement projects through his YouTube series, “Contractor Craig.”

Dean Lewis lived next door to Shotwell since contractor moved into a cream house with red shutters in Owings Mills about three years ago. Lewis said Shotwell was a great neighbor.

“He was hard-working, always doing something, always asking me if I needed something — just a perfect kind of neighbor,” Lewis said. “If you ever needed something you could count on him.”

Lewis is an instructor at Community College of Baltimore County, where he trains students to work with appliances. He said Shotwell would often bring home appliances from his contracting work for Lewis to use in the classroom.

Lewis remembered Shotwell as an involved father and recalled Shotwell working on his truck with his son. A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit Shotwell’s children.

Todd Greenstone, a farmer who said he lives close by to Snyder’s house, said he had invited Snyder to come over for shooting trips in the past, until he started exhibiting some “over the top” behaviors.

Snyder, he said, would bring with him long guns and automatics, setting up multiple targets, performing somersaults as he went. “Picture one of those video games,” Greenstone said.

Greenstone said he and other neighbors began to make excuses not to see him.

Greenstone said he did not know the victims personally, but added, “It’s quite a shock to lose neighbors.”

Major crimes detectives, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are continuing to investigate the situation.

Baltimore Sun reporters Christina Tkacik and Sarah Meehan, and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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