Three Dead Following Mt. Airy Shooting

One of the dead is the gunman.


Mount Airy, Md (KM)  The investigation continues into a double homicide in Mount Airy Thursday afternoon.

Carroll County Sheriff Jim Dewees, briefing reporters at the scene, says deputies, state troopers and Mount Airy Police Officers responded to the 7900 block of Bennett Branch Road for a report of shots-fired. They found a man, identified as Noah Homayouni, 18,  in a yard at 7902 Bennett Branch Road with gunshot wounds.

The Sheriff says CPR was administered and medics transported Homayouni to a staging area near the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds, where he was to medivaced. “Trooper Three from the Maryland State Police was here to transport the subject to the University of Maryland. Before they could do that transport, that individual died before the transfer could take place,” Dewees says.

Deputies also found a woman halfway down a driveway, identified as Heather Zujkowski, 36, at 7910 Bennett Branch Road, who had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect identified as Joseph Zujkowski, 35, had fled the scene.

He had returned to his home in Gaithersburg. Sheriff Dewees says Montgomery County Police responded to his home. “After a brief standoff with the Montgomery County Police, he took his own life,” says Dewees.

The Sheriff says authorities were able to track down Zujkowski through his cell phone number. “One of my deputies was able to call him and speak with him for a brief period of time. He was at a residence there.. We know Montgomery County made it out to the residence, had contact with him and then at some time he took his life after a brief period of time,” he says.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says its Major Crimes Unit  says Joseph and Heather Zujkowski were separated, and a protective order against Joseph Zujkowski had expired in January of this year.

The couple’s three children between the ages of five and 12 were in the home on Bennett Branch Road at the time of the shooting. The Sheriff’s Office says they are safe.

Authorities say at this time, there’s no motive for the shooting of Noah Homayouni. He was a student at South Carroll High School and lived at 7904 Bennett Branch Road.


By Kevin McManus