ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The priest who was critically wounded in an Ellicott City church shooting on Thursday has died.
Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn of Halethorpe, 62, remained in critical condition overnight at Shock Trauma in Baltimore, but succumbed to her injuries Friday afternoon.
An administrative assistant at the church did not survive the initial shooting. Police identified the slain woman as Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City. She was pronounced dead Thursday evening at the church.
The shooting suspect has been identified as 56-year-old Douglas Franklin Jones, WNEW has confirmed. Police believe Jones fatally shot himself in the woods nearby St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, about 14 miles west of Baltimore. A gun was found near his body.
“The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is saddened beyond words by the shootings,” spokeswoman Sharon Tillman said in a written statement. She said the Maryland bishop, the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, offered prayers for the victims Thursday night at a chapel in Baltimore, where the diocese is based.
Police said a church custodian called 911 at about 5:20 p.m., reporting that he found the two women inside a church office.
Kohn has been co-rector of St. Peter’s since Aug. 2009. Before that she was an associate rector of the parish, starting in Oct. 23, Tillman said.
The shootings occurred on the eve of the diocese’s annual conference in Hunt Valley. The two-day meeting is scheduled to run through Saturday.
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