LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — A couple is dead and a child is in the hospital in critical condition after a man shot them inside a home in Anne Arundel County. Police said the suspect then turned the gun on himself.
The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Federalsburg South in Laurel.READ MORE: Friends To Host Laurel Shooting Victim Ryan Lee's Youth Sports Fundraiser
Police said a couple, Ryan Lee Sr. and Ivania Lee, both 31 years old, were murdered Monday night.
According to police, the suspect, 57-year-old Shawn Price had been dating another member of the family. WJZ has learned that member of the family is the grandmother who also lived in the home. The relationship ended months ago, but Price continued to try to reconcile the relationship.
Price showed up on Federalsburg South in Laurel Monday night, went into the home and started shooting.
The couple was killed and a young boy was also shot and injured. Family members have identified the child as the son of the victims.
The grandmother and baby girl escaped. Police said Price then shot and killed himself. A handgun was found near Price.
Hamid Mansaray is a neighbor who heard the banging on his door Monday night as one of the victims searched for help.
“I heard the lady, the grandmother from that side yelling, call 911, call 911, take the baby, take the baby. She handed us a two-year-old baby girl,” said Mansaray.
Anne Arundel County police said someone in the home applied for a peace order in another jurisdiction, but it was denied.READ MORE: Candlelight Vigil Held For Laurel Couple Killed At Their Home
Ivania Lee’s sister told WJZ Tuesday her nephew, the little boy who was shot, remains in critical condition after surgery.
“He’s fighting hard. He’s good. He’s a strong fighter. He’s going to be ok,” she said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform autopsies to determine the exact manner and cause of death.
“Not only is this family grieving multiple losses, but the injury of a very young child,” Chief Amal Awad said.
County Executive Steuart Pittman was at the scene Monday night and called gun violence a pandemic.
“There have been more incidents around the country, there have been more incidents in this county,” Pittman said. “They are affecting families, they are affecting children, and we have serious work to do.”
“This is devastating. This has to stop,” said Awad. “A young child right now is fighting for their life. This has to stop.”
The Anne Arundel County Crisis Intervention Team was at the scene talking to neighbors and to the officers who responded to the scene. They will be out here again Tuesday.