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Md. Man Kills Wife at Courthouse

March 12, 1999

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) _ A man fatally shot his estranged wife and wounded her daughter in a courthouse parking lot Thursday as they left a divorce hearing, police said.

The 49-year-old man went to his car about 2:30 p.m., pulled out a shotgun and shot the 26-year-old daughter, witnesses and police said.

When the man’s 52-year-old estranged wife grabbed the shotgun, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot her as well, witnesses said.

``Man, he just (fired) a good seven or eight shots, point blank, right into them,″ said Randy Hawes, who watched from his office window.

The daughter was in critical condition.

The man was arrested at the scene.

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