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Two dead in Hampstead shootings

A Hampstead man was shot to death in his home Tuesday morning by the ex-husband of his fiance, police say.

Michael Leo Swift III, who was indicted earlier this month on machine gun and other weapons charges, blasted his way through a sliding glass door with a 12-gauge shotgun to get into the house in the 1200 block of Allview Drive, police say. Swift shot Zaidan Stephen Asid, police say, before turning the gun on himself.

Hallie Patricia Swift called police from inside the house in the 1200 block of Allview Drive at about 11 a.m. to report the shootings, State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. Swift told police that her ex-husband had broken in, shot her fiance and shot himself, Shipley said.

State troopers and emergency workers arrived to find the two men dead in the first floor rear family room, Shipley said. The gun was still in Swift's posession, he said.

Hallie Swift was taken to Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster for examination and treatment, Shipley said. She did not appear to have been shot.

Records identify Asid, 51, as the owner of the house. Friends say he worked at Credit Management Solutions Inc. in Columbia.

Michael Swift was arrested by Baltimore County police in January on weapons charges including possessing unregistered machine guns, possessing unregistered rifles, possessing destructive devices and obliterating serial numbers on weapons.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Susan Souder set bail at $250,000, placed him on home detention and ordered that he was not to be in possession of guns, explosive devices or other weapons.

Neighbors say Asid, whom they knew as Steve, lived with Hallie Swift in the house in an ordinarily quiet neighborhood not far from the Hampstead town center. The two-story structure, painted a pale yellow with green shutters, sits on a large and well-kept lawn.

Police secured the property and obtained a search warrant to enter the house. A dark green Saturn registered to Michael Swift's mother was parked outside. Its motor was still running when police arrived, Shipley said.

Asid's nine-year-old son died in an accident less than four months ago.

Noah Asid was at a nature camp at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster on Dec. 31 when he was struck by a falling hickory tree.

Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin Fenton contributed to this report.

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