3 dead, 1 wounded, in Wal­dorf shoot­ing

Fa­ther killed daugh­ters, shot wife be­fore turn­ing gun on him­self, po­lice say

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com and JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

A 4-year-old girl and her teenage sis­ter were shot and killed by their fa­ther in­side their Wal­dorf home Thursday night, po­lice say. The man also shot his wife, who re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the hospi­tal.

Carl­ton Good­win, 37, was found dead with an ap­par­ent self-in­flicted gun­shot wound, a gun next to him, in­side the home at 3305 West­dale Court by po­lice of­fi­cers who en­tered the

house af­ter neigh­bors re­ported hear­ing mul­ti­ple gun­shots, ac­cord­ing to a Charles County Sheriff’s Of­fice spokesper­son. Laila Good­win, 4, was found dead in a bed­room up­stairs. Of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered Lashelle Good­win, 17, suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds in­side an up­stairs bath­room. She died later that night af­ter she was air­lifted to a hospi­tal. The mother was also shot and flown to the hospi­tal, where she re­mains in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, as of press time Tuesday morn­ing.

Po­lice be­lieve Carl­ton Good­win shot his wife and two daugh­ters be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self but are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate what led to the shoot­ing.

Det. J. El­liot is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Lashelle Good­win was a ju­nior at Thomas Stone High School; Prin­ci­pal Chrys­tel Ben­son said Fri­day that stu­dents and staff are still grap­pling with her death.

Ben­son said teach­ers and staff were made aware of Lashelle’s death be­fore the start of school. Dur­ing the first pe­riod, Lashelle’s friends were taken aside and told of the news be­fore a gen­eral an­nounce­ment was made to the school.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing news to the whole Thomas Stone com­mu­nity,” Ben­son said.

Ben­son said grief coun­selors were made avail­able to stu­dents and staff through­out the day.

“We had cen­tral of­fice staff as well as Thomas Stone staff to sup­port all of our stu­dents,” Ben­son said. “We had our pupil per­son­nel worker as well as our high school re­sources teacher fol­low Lashelle’s sched­ule and go to each one of Lashelle’s classes at the time Lashelle would be there and to fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sions about the fond me­mories the stu­dents had of Lashelle.”

Shanif Pearl, ju­nior class vice prin­ci­pal of Thomas Stone High School, said Lashelle Good­win was a smart, funny, artis­tic young wo­man who had a bright fu­ture ahead of her.

“Lashelle was an awe­some stu­dent,” Pearl said. “She was aca­dem­i­cally strong, she was on the honor roll, she was on our school’s volleyball team, she was a mem­ber of our ‘It’s Aca­demic’ team. She had dreams of be­ing a graphic artist. You could al­ways find her draw­ing some­thing.”

Pearl said her best mem­ory of Lashelle was her hu­mor.

“She would al­ways come up to me in the hall and tell me th­ese jokes,” she said. “It was just her way of spread­ing a lit­tle sun­shine ever y day.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO Lashelle Good­win

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