Police: Laurel man kills wife, stepdaughter

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Scott McCabe

A 59-year-old West Laurel man faces first-degree murder charges after police said he shot and killed his wife and stepdaughter Monday morning.

The killings were the second double-homicide inside a Laurel-area residence in 11 days.

Prince George's County police said Ronnie Lee Rainey called 911 about 10 a.m. Monday and said that he had killed his family and threatened to kill himself.

Police responded to the 16100 block of Malcolm Drive, where Rainey remained holed up inside the two-story brick home.

During the stand-off, police learned that the father had shot at his 15-year-old son, but missed, and the teenager managed to escape unscathed, said Lt. Bill Alexander.

Rainey remained on the phone with police. After an hour, Alexander said, police persuaded Rainey to surrender.

Inside the home, near the front door, investigators found the bodies of Rainey's wife, 50-year-old Lisa Renee Rainey, and his stepdaughter, 27-year-old Ariale Chantre Shelton.

Both had suffered gunshot wounds.

Another man was also found at the scene, but he was not hurt. Police were still trying to determine his role with the family.

Rainey was taken into custody. He faces two counts of first-degree murder and a count of attempted murder.

Debbie Lee, of Hanover, told the Gazette of Prince George's County that Ronnie Rainey and Lisa Rainey met years ago in the Army. The couple were retired Army medics.

"If he shot them and not himself, he's a coward," Lee told the newspaper. "It's just senseless. She was an awesome friend. A beautiful girl."

Neighbors of the West Laurel community were stunned to learn of the slayings.

"People are kind of in shock that it could happen here," Eric Armes, who lives around the block from the family, told The Washington Examiner. "But people have guns everywhere today, so it could happen anywhere."

Neighbors described the middle-class West Laurel neighborhood as friendly place where people walk their dogs and wave to passersby.

Less than two weeks ago in Laurel, 45-year-old Tina Lynn Fowler and James Vell Ferguson, 42, were found dead in their apartment on the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road in an apparent double-homicide. Police were still looking for clues and no one has been charged in the couple's slaying.

Anyone with information about either double-homicide can call the Prince George's County police detectives at 301-772-4925.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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