Man killed three neighbours, set house ablaze

WOODLAWN, MARYLAND (AP) — A Maryland man whose neighbours said had a long history of aggression went on a rampage over the weekend, shooting or stabbing three people to death and setting his home on fire before responding officers fatally shot him, police said on Sunday.

A news release from the Baltimore County Police Department identified the victims and offered the clearest picture so far of what the department said unfolded on a residential street in suburban Baltimore early Saturday morning.

According to police, a preliminary investigation indicates 56-year-old Everton Brown forced his way into a neighbouring house, where he stabbed and shot Ismael Quintanilla, 41.

As Sara Alacote, 37, ran from that home in an attempt to escape, Brown chased her outside, fatally shooting her several times, the news release said. When two neighbours emerged from their home, Brown shot them as well, according to police. One of those two, 24-year-old Sagar Ghimire, was later pronounced dead, the news release said. The other gunshot victim, who was not identified, is recovering from his injuries.

At some point during the course of events, Brown also set fire to his residence, police said. The scene was a charred mess — a fire official said on Saturday that the building where the fire started, as well as one adjacent to it, collapsed and a third dwelling was heavily damaged.

Police received numerous calls reporting both the fire and an active shooter. Responding officers who were wearing body cameras encountered Brown in the parking lot, police said.

Four fired shots at him until they were able to take him into custody, according to the news release. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The site of the fire in Woodlawn, Maryland. PHOTO: AP