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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Ellicott City church shootings: Police identify suspect, victims

Update (3:30 p.m.): Howard County police have identified the man they believe was responsible for the shootings of two women at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City Thursday night.

Police located Douglas Franklin Jones, 56, in a wooded area near the church Thursday night following the shootings. Jones was pronounced dead, having sustained what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. Police found a handgun near Jones’s body. They also found a campsite in the woods where they believe Jones had been living.

Jones had apparently been involved in a recent dispute with members of the church, police said. They said he was a regular user of the church’s food bank, and had recently become “belligerent and argumentative.” Police said they believe Jones’s anger over the dispute may have been the motive behind the shooting. They said they do not believe Jones specifically targeted Brewington and Kohn.

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Howard County Police have released the identities of the two women who were shot, one fatally, in an Ellicott City church Thursday.

Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City, was pronounced dead at the scene — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Rogers Avenue — as a result of a gunshot wound, police said.

Marguerite Mary Kohn, 62, of Halethorpe, was transported to Shock Trauma, also with a gunshot wound. She remained in critical condition Friday morning, according to police.

A church custodian found Brewington and Kohn inside the church office, police said.

Police searched the church grounds, and found a man’s body in the woods nearby. He had what, police said, appeared to be a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun beside him.

Police said they are still working to confirm the man’s identity. He is believed to be responsible for the shootings of the two women, police said.

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By and Jimm Phillips  |  10:32 AM ET, 05/04/2012

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