Shooting at St. Peter’s Church (Amy Myers)

Choppers and sirens were heard all around Ellicott City on May 3rd after a shooting at St. Peter’s Episcopal church. For hours bystanders and local residents stayed glued to their television screens to see what danger hit our quiet city.

According to the Baltimore Sun, police discovered that two members of the church were involved in a murder-suicide. Brenda Brewington and Rev. Marguerite Mary Kohn suffered gunshot wounds to the head. Brewington was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kohn was rushed to shock trauma and put on life support.

Meanwhile, dozens of police cars and helicopters searched the area for the suspected killer. Later that evening, police found a man’s body lying with a gun.  He was identified to be Douglas Franklin Jones, and suspected to be the shooter. Workers confirmed that Jones would often come to the church for food, and perhaps, that this time he arrived with anger instead of hunger.

Loved ones of Rev. Kohn gathered at her bedside, as she was pronounced dead yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Friends and neighbors of both women remain in shock that such an event has occurred at St. Peter’s. Funerals for both women will be held later this week.

The Wingspan sends its sincere condolences for the loss of the victims. We keep the families and loved ones of the victims in our thoughts.

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