A Baltimore man is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend after forcing himself into her home on Saturday before heading to Columbia and fatally shooting his ex-wife. Authorities say the man then took his own life.
The man, identified as Rajaee Shareef Black, went Facebook Live in between the killings, sharing his plans with his followers, The Baltimore Sun reports. In the video, he said he committed the act in response to the trauma from a custody battle.
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“Anyway, I just did something crazy, man. I just shot my ex-girlfriend in the head,” he said in the video. “Felt like a dream. I never thought I would be that guy. I can’t go to prison, so the person that really started my depression and all of this is my ex-wife. So, she next. Then I’m going to do myself too.”
“Oh, there’s my ex-wife right now,” he said just before shutting down his live stream.
According to WBAL, officers found Tara Labang, 41, dead inside the building from apparent gunshot wounds.
Howard County police officers were then called to the second location where they found two more bodies in the vestibule of the apartment. Police identified the bodies of two adults— Wendy Natalie Black, 42, and the suspect.
Authorities said Black’s two children were found unharmed in Rajaee’s car located in the parking lot. The children were kept safe and didn’t witness either incident.
“This is a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of these victims.”
“This is a tragic domestic event that did not have to happen, and this is what we’re talking about all the time with guns and domestic violence and the willingness of people to use these guns to take out their anger to solve conflict,” Harrison said.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott held a press conference after the horrific incident, where he discussed the effects of fatal violence on communities.
“We’re talking about a neighborhood that’s a bustling neighborhood, a great neighborhood, but it is shaken now because one of their neighbors has been taken from them, taken from the community, simply because someone doesn’t know how to move on. That’s something that we should no longer accept on our streets,” he said.