A Washington woman was shot and critically wounded Tuesday night by a former boyfriend, who abducted her in Oxon Hill, shot her in the head and then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide, according to Prince George's County police.
Ella Mae Bragg, 30, an officer in the Coast Guard, was in serious condition yesterday at Prince George's General Hospital. The man who allegedly shot her, George M. Ward, 27, was found dead in the car in which he abducted Bragg, police said. Bragg also was found in the car after her screams were heard by residents in the 4500 block of Wheeler Road in Oxon Hill, where Ward allegedly had driven her before the shooting.
The incident began Tuesday afternoon when Bragg and a girlfriend, who had the day off work, pulled into the parking lot of a liquor store on Indian Head Highway. The girlfriend said yesterday that Bragg recently broke off her relationship with Ward, saying she "didn't want to be bothered with him anymore."
The girlfriend said yesterday that as she and Bragg pulled into the parking lot, Bragg yelled to her, "There's George. He's got a gun." The girlfriend, who asked not to be identified, said she looked up and saw Ward pointing a gun at her. He then unlocked her door, forced his way into the car and drove off with both women inside, the girlfriend said.
A few blocks away, at Southview Drive in Oxon Hill, Ward forced the girlfriend from the car, threatening to shoot her if she didn't get out, the girldfriend said yesterday. At that point, Bragg became hysterical and tried to get out of the car, but Ward grabbed her, kept her in the car and sped away, according to the friend.
The friend said she called Prince George's police, who said they had already been notified about the abduction by employes at Mead's liquor store, 5102 Indian Head Hwy.
The girlfriend said Bragg, who works as a clerk for the Coast Guard, had told her that Ward, who worked in odd jobs as a painter, had a violent temper and had often become "physical with her," giving her black eyes.