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3 Found Dead In Northeast Baltimore Rowhouse Fire Were Shot

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are trying to solve a triple murder and arson case in a Northeast Baltimore home. 

Ron Matz explains why the city’s top cop is reviewing the police response.

Baltimore Police are aggressively looking for the killer in a mysterious triple homicide turned arson.  It happened in the 4300-block of Nicholas Avenue early Tuesday morning.

“I saw black smoke,” said neighbor Janine Wilson.

“Frankly, it’s enormously concerning.  It’s incredibly tragic,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

Investigators say the fire was likely meant to mask the murders.  The 56-year-old homeowner, his 36-year-old daughter and her 27-year-old boyfriend were all shot in the head.  In fact, police say at 4:30 a.m., an anonymous 911 call came in to report gunshots at the victim’s home.  Six minutes later, officers arrived and canvassed the area.  At 4:59, they left, they say without enough cause to go inside.  Just an hour and a half later, many calls poured in to report the flames.

Firefighters found both men dead, but the woman was clinging to life.  Ultimately, she died, too—outraging many neighbors.

“Why don’t you just go in there?  Two hours later, a blazing fire.  She could’ve been saved, I do believe,” said one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous.

“After hearing there were gunshots, they should’ve gone inside,” said neighbor Terry Rogers.

The police commissioner has now ordered his chief of patrol to review the timeline and all the dispatch reports to see if anything should have been done differently.

“I could be watching `Die Hard.’  I could have my surround sound on.  Does that mean police should break down my door every time I watch HBO?  There’s a lot of moving parts to this case,” Guglielmi said.

The most critical pieces are still missing: a murderer and a motive.

Police say the homeowner does not have a criminal past but his daughter and her boyfriend do and they’re looking to see if that may have triggered this tragedy.

Police are sifting through what they call “good physical evidence” found at the scene.

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  • Kay

    Sounds like a drug deal gone BAD!!!

  • china

    Smh i Gotta Get Outta Baltimore as soon as possible keep ya head up fanny

  • shanico3

    I truly hope not.

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  • NoLoveAtAllInBaltimore

    How often does someone call 911 to report shots fired from a residence and it turns out that they were just watching TV?? I can’t believe Guglielmi just said that… First of all, fire that guy, then fire the Cop who authorized the decision to do nothing when shots were fired inside of a residence!!!!!! I’ve gotta get outta here, this is so DEPRESSING….

  • Tammie Farmer

    iT IS APPAULING that Guglielmi would have the audacity to say,”I could be watching `Die Hard.’ I could have my surround sound on. Does that mean police should break down my door every time I watch HBO? ” It was 4 IN THE MORNING…it was reported gunshots in the home. He SHOULD NOT have a job today and that is only PART of the problem w/BCPD. I could bet my life on it if it was in another part of the city the police WOULD HAVE GONE n the house as they should have. His statement was disrespectful on SO MANY levels and he should ATLEAST offer an apology. Also, what does her having a criminal record have to do w/her being murdered. What about the fact that she’s someone’s Mother!!! U THINK that may be a little more important to her family today.SMH@the media and BCPD.

  • KrissyHACO

    After a shots fired call from my home I’d rather have the cops beating on my door at 4 am waking me, then passing me by because they see no evil and hear no evil. Mom might not have survived, but we will never really know now. And neighbors actually called for help! Isn’t that what we want from neighbors? Someone should hang his head in shame on this one.

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