- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 7, 2011

Four people died Sunday morning in an apparent murder-suicide in which a man sent a despondent text message before allegedly shooting his wife and her two children, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

The incident occurred in the county’s Brooklyn Park community at about 9 a.m., with officers arriving to hear the last gunshot, likely the shooter killing himself.

The officers arrived at the home, in the 600 block of Wood Street, to meet the alleged shooter’s mother and another relative who told police the tone of the message made them concerned about the welfare of the man and his family, said Lt. J.D. Batten Jr.

Moments later, they heard a single gunshot from inside the home, a brick townhouse just south of Baltimore.

Officers then entered the home and found an adult male dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found a deceased adult female and two deceased teenagers, all with gunshot wounds.

Police have identified the adult male as Kelly Brian Thompson, 33. The female victim is wife Nina Thompson, 34, and the teens are Taishawn Pugh and her brother, Treshawn Pugh, both 15.

Mrs. Thompson was their mother, but Mr. Thompson was not the biological father, according to police. All four lived at the Wood Street address.

Neighbor Jody Eckmeyer said Mr. Thompson was a truck driver, had a good sense of humor and often visited with neighbors. Mrs. Thompson was a nurse and the twins often spent time hanging out with friends on the porch and stayed out of trouble, she said.

“They were very well-respected,” Miss Eckmeyer said.

Another neighbor, Thomas Slade, said Mr. Thompson, who rode a Suzuki motorcycle, would often come over to his garage to have a couple of beers and work on his motorcycle while Mr. Slade worked on his Harley-Davidson.

“We were good friends, but we didn’t ride together,” he said. Mr. Slade said he never heard Mr. Thompson talk about problems at home but he had recently mentioned that he had landed a new job with a trucking firm.

Police also said the act does not appear to be “random” and the shooter appears to have acted alone.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.