A man and woman were shot at an apartment complex Monday morning in Bowleys Quarters. (Alison Knezevich/Baltimore Sun)
A former tenant of a Bowleys Quarters apartment community opened fire on two employees inside the complex's leasing office Monday morning, Baltimore County police said.
A 47-year-old woman was critically injured in the shooting about 10:15 a.m. at Carroll Park Apartments on Carroll Island Road, police said. The other victim, a 39-year-old man, sustained wounds that were not life-threatening.
Police say the suspect is a 64-year-old man who was evicted from the apartments within the past few months. Witnesses told detectives he was involved in a dispute with several employees in the leasing office.
The man was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. Police did not release his name.
"He did not try to flee," said Officer Jennifer Peach, a police spokeswoman. "He did not try to fight."
Police said the gunman shot at the woman with a long gun and then opened fire on the man, who was coming up a staircase from a lower level in the office.
Police did not release the victims' names. They said the woman remained hospitalized Monday evening with life-threatening injuries.
The suspect left the building and placed the weapon on the hood of a van he had driven to the office. He stayed there until he was approached by officers and taken into custody.
The woman who was shot was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with critical injuries, Peach said. The male victim was treated at the scene.
The brick leasing office at the apartment complex was surrounded by yellow tape Monday morning, as residents gathered outside and detectives surveyed the scene.
Several residents of the apartments said people in the community were afraid of the suspect when he lived there because he had behaved erratically and threatened some of them.
"It is sad right now we have someone fighting for their life," said Ronda Rolon, 50.
Rolon said she recently testified as a witness in a court proceeding involving the man's eviction.
"I was scared to even go to court," she said. "I didn't want him to hurt me."
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Residents said the suspect placed cardboard signs in his windows calling the apartment management "racist." They said the man is white.
The man had accused apartment workers of tampering with his vehicle, according to Alyssa Evans, 24, and set up a video camera that filmed outside his apartment.
Lisa Marie Francke, senior vice president for property company Westminster Management, said officials there were "saddened and horrified by this morning's violence."
"The safety of our team and our residents is a top priority," she said in a statement. "We are cooperating and working to assist local authorities, and to ensure the security of the environment at Carroll Park for everyone."