- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2006

BALTIMORE — A man wanted in the early morning shooting yesterday of five persons, including a 12-year-old girl who died, was found dead about 18 hours later inside a Pennsylvania home, according to the Baltimore City Police Department.

Pennsylvania state troopers entered a home in Clarion, Pa., at about 6:25 p.m. after James Lydell Ray’s car had been spotted, Baltimore Detective Donny Moses said. After authorities entered the home, they heard a single gunshot and found Ray with a self-inflicted wound to the head, Detective Moses said.

He said Ray had bailed out of the car he was driving and forced his way into a home.

Linda Ganoe, 62, said she and her husband saw the suspect emerge from behind a barn, run toward their house and enter their basement from outside at about 3:40 p.m.

Her husband, Bernard, 63, went down to the basement, intending to confront the intruder, but after seeing the man quickly ran back up the steps and closed the door to their living area, she said.

Mrs. Ganoe said the suspect then left their house and ran next door to the home of her sister-in-law, who heard breaking glass and fled. The suspect stayed there until he fatally shot himself sometime in the early evening, Mrs. Ganoe said.

D.J. Bevevino, 50, lives about 200 feet from the home where the suspect was found.

“The area was pretty well surrounded,” he said. After the shooting, “they brought him up over the hill in an ambulance.”

Ray, 34, was wanted in the shootings of five persons in Northeast Baltimore just after 1 a.m. yesterday during a domestic dispute.

He purportedly shot everyone in the home: his girlfriend, her daughter, her two sons and a 39-year-old family friend.

The girlfriend was in grave condition last night. Her sons, 15 and 16, and the family friend were in critical condition, Detective Moses said.

He also said Ray was from Baltimore and had a criminal history including drug charges, resisting arrest and a weapons charge.

The killing in Baltimore was one of five apparently unrelated slayings in a 24-hour period from Friday to yesterday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The city now has 23 killings in the first 21 days of this year.

Police said early yesterday that Ray was driving a 2005 Black Hyundai Elantra.

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