Shootings ruled attempted murder, suicide


After a monthslong forensic investigation, Anne Arundel County police confirmed Wednesday that a Riviera Beach couple were shot inside their home in an attempted murder and suicide.

Autopsy reports and other tests showed that Christopher Carmen Crocetti, 47, shot his wife, Karen Alice Crocetti, 43, before turning the gun on himself, said Sgt. Shawn Urbas, a police spokesman. He died and she survived.

About 9:45 p.m. Sept. 23, authorities were called to the couple's Kenwood Road home by the Crocettis' son, who had found the two suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.

Christopher Crocetti was pronounced dead at the scene. Karen Crocetti was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was released a few days later.

Police records have shown that no calls requesting emergency assistance had been made from the address before the incident. But several family members told investigators that the Crocettis' relationship might have been troubled, according to a news release issued immediately after the double shooting.

The Crocettis owned Coldstar Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in Severna Park, and Cristoforo's Castle, an Italian restaurant on Potee Street in Brooklyn.

For years, when it was owned by Christopher Crocetti's father, Louis, the restaurant was known as Castello D'Abruzzo.

The Riviera Beach shooting was the first of three violent incidents involving married couples in Anne Arundel County in the fall.

Last month, in separate incidents, men in Glen Burnie and Millersville shot and killed their wives before killing themselves, police said. In both of those cases, police had been called earlier to assist with domestic problems.

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