One of their teenage sons called to report what police are calling a murder-suicide.Late on the night of Monday, May 15, a teenage boy called Howard County police to report that he heard gunfire outside his home. Police arrived to the 4600 block of Sheppard Lane, Ellicott City at approximately 10:40 p.m.. They found Samuel and Beth Lancelotta in the backyard of the residence, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Detectives are now ruling it a murder-suicide. The couple was transported from the scene via helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma where they were pronounced dead. On Tuesday, the Howard County Police Department released the following statement via Facebook:
NEWS RELEASE: Husband and wife die in murder-suicide in Ellicott City; Detectives believe Samuel Lancelotta shot his wife Beth, and then himself Howard County police are investigating a domestic murder-suicide that occurred in Ellicott City overnight. Detectives believe Samuel Lancelotta, 48, shot his wife Beth, also 48, and then himself in the backyard of their residence in the 4600 block of Sheppard Lane around 10:40 p.m., May 15. Police responded to the residence when one of the couple’s teenage sons called 911 to report a shooting. Officers arrived and found Samuel and Beth Lancelotta suffering from gunshot wounds in the yard behind their home. Both were transported by helicopter to Shock Trauma and later pronounced dead at the hospital. A motive for the shooting is unknown. Investigators believe the couple’s three teenage children were inside the home at the time of the shooting. There are no indications that anyone else was involved in the incident.
Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for the police, said police recovered a handgun at the scene. It is now believed that Samuel shot Beth and then turned the gun on himself.According to the Baltimore Sun, the children of the Lancelottas are staying with other family members. Shawn Frederick, a family friend who spoke on their behalf said they "thank friends and family for their support" and "wish for privacy at this difficult time." The Lancelottas own Lancelotta Realestate in Clarksville. Since 1998, the company has represented clients in the purchase, sale or lease over $1 billion in commercial real-estate. A photo of Samuel and Beth can be found on the company's website.