An apparent lovers quarrel ended violently and publicly yesterday when a Charles Village woman was chased from her home and fatally shot by her boyfriend in front of a neighbor's house up the street. The man then shot and killed himself.
Police did not release the names of the victims, saying that neither was originally from the Baltimore area and next of kin had not been notified.
The incident occurred about 1 p.m. in the 100 block of E. 32nd St., around the corner from a busy strip of restaurants and stores, on a day when many in the area were out enjoying the bright, summerlike afternoon.
Richard Lipscher, 48, a teacher at Maryland Institute, College of Art, lives up the block and across the street from the woman's home. Lipscher said he was standing outside his house when she came running toward it, breathlessly mouthing the words, "Please help me, call the police" as her attacker followed about eight feet behind.
Lipscher said the man swiftly closed in, drew his gun and shot the woman several times. He said the man then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, falling near where the woman lay in front of Lipscher's home.
"You could see in his eyes that he was just driven," Lipscher said. "He was going to kill her, and you could tell she knew she was going to die."
Police said the 27-year-old man seemed to be visiting the 30-year-old woman to seek a reconciliation and that an argument had ensued.