On Saturday, December 11, police in two Maryland jurisdictions began investigations of a suspected murder-suicide in which a man allegedly kills his ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, and himself.
Just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to a Howard County apartment in the7300 block of Eden Brook Drive in Columbia for reports of gunshots. They identified a man and a woman dead inside a vestibule of an apartment building.
Wendy Natalie Black, 42, of the 7300 block of Eden Brook Drive in Columbia, Maryland, was identified as the victim. Rajaee Shareef Black, 44, of the 7600 block of Iron works Way in Hanover, Md., was arrested.
According to police, the guy went to the apartment complex in search of his ex-wife and shot and murdered her. He then killed himself by turning the gun on himself.
The Blacks’ two young children were found uninjured in Rajaee Black’s car, which was parked at the apartment complex, when police arrived.
The kids have been placed in a safe environment and have not witnessed the shooting, according to police.
Police suspect the man killed another woman in Baltimore shortly before murdering himself and the lady, whom they describe as the man’s ex-girlfriend.
The man allegedly kicked through the door of an apartment and shot the woman to death, according to Baltimore City police.
Soon after the killings, Baltimore cops told Howard County cops that the man had uploaded a video on Facebook announcing his plans to visit the county.
Shareef Black claims that his ex-wife barred him from visiting his children because he used to molest them.
He said that they had broken up and that he had met someone else who became pregnant for him.
Soon after, he got into an argument with the pregnant woman, who also threatened to keep his child away from him after he or she was born, which enraged him.
“Anyway, I just did something crazy, man. I just shot my ex-girlfriend in the head,” he says in the video.
“Felt like a dream. I never thought I would be that guy. I can’t go to prison, so the person that really started my depression and all of this is my ex-wife. So, she next. Then I’m going to do myself too.”
“I just want to say this to people. Don’t play with people mehn… don’t lie on issue’s mehn…” he further said.
His ex- wife walks up to the door and opens it. As the video cuts, he says, “Oh, that’s my ex-wife right now.”
The deaths had already occurred before Howard County police received knowledge of the Facebook post, according to police.
“What we now believe is that was a domestic-related murder-suicide. We believe the suspect, who is male, came to the area, sought out the female victim, shot and killed her and then shot and killed himself,” Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.
“This is a tragic domestic event that did not have to happen, and this is what we’re talking about all the time with guns and domestic violence and the willingness of people to use these guns to take out their anger to solve conflict,” Harrison stated.