Gun used in Ellicott City church killings registered to suspected shooter

The gun used in the killings at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City last week was registered to the homeless man who allegedly shot two women and then himself, Howard County police said Monday.

The gun was found near the body of Douglas Franklin Jones, 56, in woods next to the church. Police said he shot the Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, 62, a co-rector of the church, and Brenda Brewington, 59, a church administrator, before turning the gun on himself.

A church custodian found the two women shot in a church office and called police about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Police found Jones' body in nearby woods, where he was living, after searching the church building.

Brewington was declared dead at the scene. Kohn was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and died Saturday night.

Jones was declared dead in the woods where he was found.

Jones had been frequently receiving food from the church's food pantry until recently, when he became angry after being asked to limit his visits, police said.

No other information about the gun was immediately available.

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