Anne Arundel police: Three dead, child injured in Maryland City shooting believed to be a domestic incident

Three adults including the suspected shooter died Monday night and a child was injured in a shooting in Maryland City, Anne Arundel Police Department officials said.

Police did not identify the age or gender of the victims nor of the child Monday night, who first responders took to a local hospital, police said. As of Tuesday morning, the child was out of surgery and in critical but stable condition, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad said.


One of the victims petitioned a jurisdiction outside Anne Arundel County for a protective order against the suspect, Awad said Tuesday morning, but the petition was denied.

Police vehicles crawled in and out of the two-block crime scene Monday night, 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, 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.”

Police said that preliminarily they believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute involving one family and that the suspect is among the dead. Police said they still are working to confirm identities.

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.

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“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.”

Police responded to a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. reporting a shooting on the 200 block of Federalsburg South about 2 miles southwest of the Laurel Park racetrack and a couple of blocks up from the Maryland City Elementary School. They found three adults dead and a child injured. There is no threat to the community, police said.

Maryland Del. Sandy Bartlett, a Democrat from Anne Arundel County, lives across the street from the house where the shooting took place, she said.

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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.”

Baltimore Sun reporters McKenna Oxenden and Hallie Miller and Baltimore Sun Media reporter Brooks DuBose contributed to this article.