Hamid Mansaray was summoned to his front door around 9:30 p.m. Monday by rapid knocks. When he answered, next-door neighbor Ryan Lee was lying on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds.
Mansaray heard Lee’s 10-year-old son, shot somewhere nearby, repeatedly call out “Dad” as his father died.
Lee, 31, was looking for help, Mansaray said Tuesday morning. Soon after that first knock on his door, a woman came out from the Lee house a few steps away to hand off a young girl. Mansaray asked how old she was. The girl held up two fingers.
“Call the police,” the woman told Mansaray as he took the child.
Anne Arundel County police confirmed that Lee was one of three people who died in a murder-suicide that transformed a quiet Maryland City neighborhood into a crime scene Monday night.
Lee’s wife Ivania Margarita Lee, 31, was killed inside the house and their son, suffering from gunshot wounds, is in critical but stable condition after paramedics rushed him to the hospital.
Shawn Maurice Price, 57, of the tiny town of Welcome in Southern Maryland, killed himself after shooting the others.
Witnesses told police Price had dated a woman at the Lees’ home where the shooting took place. The woman cut off contact with Price as he tried to renew their relationship, police said.
He drove to the Federalsburg South home, entered the house and called for the woman, then shot the Lees and the boy, police said. Price then killed himself.
Police responded to a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. reporting a shooting on the 200 block of Federalsburg South about two miles southwest of the Laurel Park racetrack and a couple of blocks from the Maryland City Elementary School.
Police found a handgun near Price and wounds on his body consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform autopsies on the deceased to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Mansaray didn’t closely know the Lee family, who moved in a few months prior. But when he saw the father and son, they were “inseparable,” he said. They often played soccer together and traveled to games. Their house sported purple shutters and was decorated for holidays. Cut branches and bagged leaves sat on the curb Tuesday from a weekend of yard work.
“In just a few seconds they’re gone,” Mansaray said. “Their lives are changed forever.”
Price had a violent recent history with his former girlfriend of eight years, according to court records. He was charged with violating a temporary protective order in November after the woman reported he repeatedly called her grandson’s phone. She turned her phone off to avoid contact.
The woman had filed for a protective order in October. In the filing, she described fearing for her life and Price’s because he choked and threatened to kill her. After she left him in July, Price stalked her and sent her pictures of her sister’s house an hour and a half away, the petition states, and asked the woman to come outside.
“I believe the guns should be removed so no one gets hurt,” a handwritten note running up the side of the October petition states. “Myself, Shawn (does not hurt himself), and the police.”
That same month, Price was charged for threatening mass violence when he told Starbucks employees working in a La Plata Safeway he would “shoot up the place and kill someone” after he was asked to wear a face mask. He was also charged with violating a health emergency order during the coronavirus pandemic.
Price was required by the temporary protective order to surrender his firearms.
The woman withdrew the order and filed another two weeks later, writing that Price put a gun to her head, her back and choked her on two occasions. A final protective order, filed in Howard County, was denied in November. A District Court judge ruled there was no legal reason for the order.
A day after the temporary order expired, Price filed a petition against her in Charles County, claiming she had a gun and told him she would kill him and his dog. Price wrote she could be found at her son Ryan Lee’s house.
“I’m scared to death as crazy as that sounds ... please help me,” Price wrote.
His order was granted by a Charles County judge. It is effective until December.
Monday night, police vehicles crawled in and out of the two-block crime scene, bathing the street in red and blue. Slices of yellow light cut the dark as neighbors peered through their doors and windows. Others, just arriving to find their neighborhood sectioned off with yellow tape, asked officers when they could get back to their homes.
At the intersection of Federalsburg South and Crumpton South with yellow caution tape fluttering behind her, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad asked the community to rally around the victims’ families.
“This [gun violence] has to stop. This is devastating,” she said. “A young child right now is fighting for their life.”
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman arrived on the scene near midnight, as police prepared to address a line of TV cameras set up in a grassy yard.
“I just want to ask everyone to hold this family in their prayers, in the light,” Pittman said. “Thank all to all of our police officers. It’s a terrible situation.”
Del. Sandy Bartlett lives across the street from the house where the shooting took place.
Bartlett, whose front yard was taped off as a part of the crime scene, said she heard banging and her daughter heard an argument. She didn’t know there was a shooting until police showed up and began blocking off her street.
“A young person” was carried out of the house, she said. Police approached Bartlett and asked her to return to her home, as her yard was part of an active crime scene.
In a text message, she said: “It’s sad how quickly tragedy comes. I’m going to rest. It’s been hard seeing my neighbors going through this.”
Reporters McKenna Oxenden, Hallie Miller and Brooks DuBose contributed to this article.