Baltimore police are investigating the recent shooting deaths of a 54-year-old man and his 11-year-old son as a murder-suicide.
According to WJZ-TV, Baltimore’s local CBS affiliate, a police officer on a routine patrol along the 1900 block of 62nd Street discovered an older man and a juvenile with gunshot wounds to the head in a parked SUV along the shoulder of the road on Jan. 4. The two were seated in the backseat and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The next day, police identified the older man as Warren Everette Thomas, 54, and the child as his son, Matthew Thomas, 11. Police said they believe Warren Thomas killed his son before taking his own life, calling the crime a murder-suicide.
Police said the two were last seen on Jan. 1, according to The Baltimore Sun, and on Jan. 2 Matthew’s mother filed a missing person report.
“At the time, there was no indication that there was cause for concern,” Lt. Eric Kowalcyzk told WJZ.-TV. “There was no indication there was going to be an act of violence so it didn’t go in as a critical missing as you see sometimes with Amber alerts that go out.”
Employees at the H&S Distribution Center, located near the spot where the father and son were found, told Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR that it isn’t uncommon to see cars parked on the side of the road for a few days. However, they noticed something strange about the vehicle in which the pair were found.
“It was parked up here a little higher than usual. Usually some cars are parked down there at the bottom. This car was sitting up here by itself and faced the other way,” Will Gardner told the television station.
The New Year is off to a deadly start for the city of Baltimore, which has seen six homicides since Jan. 1.
In addition to the Thomas murder-suicide, the first weekend of 2015 brought three other violent murders in which each victim suffered a gunshot to the head. On Jan. 3, police found a man shot in the head on the 2600 block of Seville Avenue, another man shot in the head on the 4500 Block of Erdman Avenue, and a third man who suffered from a gunshot to the head on the 500 Block of Queensgate Road.
Kowalcyzk told WJZ that “these incidents look like all of these victims had some connectivity to the shooter. In other words, these aren’t random acts of violence.”
In the Thomas case, police are still not sure what led to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100.