A 34-year-old woman was shot and seriously injured in her Keymar-area home yesterday.
Police said a former live-in boyfriend was being questioned.
Faye Virginia Glass, of the 6300 block of Keysville Road, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the shooting, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. in the bedroom of her two-story brick house.
She was admitted in serious condition, according to a shock trauma spokeswoman.
Ms. Glass is the mother of three children, including two daughters who attend the elementary and middle schools in Taneytown.
State police reported that troopers picked up the girls at their schools and took them to the Carroll County Social Services office in Westminster.
They will be placed with relatives until their mother is released from the hospital, officials said.
A son, John Daniel May, is a student at University of Maryland Baltimore County, according to Ms. Glass' former father-in-law, Donald L. Glass Sr., who lives next door.
Mr. Glass said, "I saw him [the ex-boyfriend] drive down the road while the girls were waiting for the school bus, but he kept going. I guess he turned around and came back.
"I know that Faye kicked him out about two weeks ago because she worked at night, and when she came home in the morning, he kept her up for hours arguing. She just couldn't take it any more."
Taneytown Officer Paul Wingate, the first officer on the scene, said he received a call from the state police dispatcher to go to the house on Keysville Road for an injured woman and met the Taneytown ambulance as he responded.
The officer, recently retired from the Baltimore Police Department, said he went into the house and found the woman lying on the kitchen floor. She appeared to have been beaten around the face, he said.
However, he said, that didn't explain the large amount of blood on the floor around the woman, who was dressed in a nightgown and robe.
Officer Wingate said that he asked the woman, who was passing from consciousness into unconsciousness and back, about the blood and she replied, "He shot me."
The gunshot wound in the upper left chest above the heart region appeared to be from a small-caliber handgun, possibly a .22, police said.
Ms. Glass was lying on the telephone she had used to call for help after her assailant fled.
Investigators said that two shots had been fired in the bedroom, one striking Ms. Glass and the other going into the ceiling. A crime lab technician removed a spent cartridge.
Mr. Glass said that he saw the two girls, Jessica, 12, a seventh-grader at Northwest Middle School, and Joy, 6, a first-grader at Taneytown Elementary School, waiting for the school bus as he went to get his newspaper and that the ex-boyfriend drove by.
While investigators were still at the house and troopers were checking several former addresses of the 50-year-old man, including Taneytown and Westminster, they were notified that he had surrendered at the sheriff's department.
Sheriff John Brown said, "He walked into my office and said, '. . . I understand you're looking for me.' "
The sheriff said he replied, "You're a suspect in a shooting."
Mr. Brown said he notified state police that a man had surrendered.
The brick house where the shooting occurred was built by Ms. Glass and her former husband, Donald Glass Jr., more than 10 years ago, according to Mr. Glass Sr.
The house sits about 100 feet off the road in a quiet farming community.