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Victim and Suspect Identified in Attempted Murder-Suicide in Wicomico Co.

Posted: 08/13/2017 06:23:00 -04:00 Updated:


WILLARDS, Md. - Maryland State Police  have identified the victim and suspect in an apparent attempted murder and suicide that occurred Saturday night in Wicomico County.

The victim is identified as Blair C. Ranneberger, 65, of Willards. He remains a patient at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect is identified as Evan J. Gottlieb, 25, of Berlin, Md.

Gottlieb was found dead in the victim's stolen vehicle from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

Troopers said that at about 7:14 p.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police at the Salisbury Barrack responded to a call for a shooting at a home in the 36000-block of Sheppards Crossing Road in Willards. 

Responding troopers found Ranneberger suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

As troopers were responding to the Ranneberger home, another call was received about a vehicle submerged in water a short distance away in the 34000-block of Tingle Road. Police responded to that scene and a tow truck was used to pull the vehicle from the water.

The body of a man, later identified as Gottlieb, was found inside the vehicle. Gottlieb had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was found with him in the vehicle. The vehicle was identified as the pickup truck stolen from the Ranneberger's home.

Police said that at this time, the investigation indicates Ranneberger and his wife were inside their home when they saw Gottlieb pull into their driveway in a Volkswagen Jetta, later found to be registered to the suspect.

Gottlieb knocked on the front door of the home and both Ranneberger and his wife opened the door, according to police.

Investigators said Gottlieb, armed with a handgun, reportedly demanded the keys to Ranneberger's Ford F-150 pickup parked outside and said the police were after him. Gottlieb was told the keys were in the truck.

He then reportedly shot Ranneberger multiple times and pointed the gun at the victim's wife before fleeing the scene in the victim's pickup, according to police. 

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