The 15-year-old gunman who killed his classmate and shot her mother in a New Year’s Day attack has been identified as Sean Crizer. The shooter, who attended Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland with the 16-year-old victim Charlotte Zaremba, died from his injuries.
Charlotte’s mother Suzanne Zaremba, 52, came to her daughter’s room when she heard a scuffle around 2:00 A.M. She discovered her daughter struggling with a masked assailant, who shot Suzanne, turned the gun on Charlotte, and then himself.
Local police said Crizer shot and killed Charlotte Zaremba inside her bedroom New Year’s Day around 2:00 A.M. after her parents had just picked her up from a New Year’s Eve party. According to reports, he was wearing a mask on his face but there were no signs of forced entry into the home.
Crizer, who was revealed to be an alter boy, died Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He is suspected of burglarizing two local homes in the weeks before the attack.
Via WUSA 9:
“We don’t know how he made entry into house or what time he made entry into the house,” said Howard County Police Spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn.
Police searched the suspect’s home and found evidence from two recent burglaries just blocks away.
“In one of those burglaries a gun was stolen and that gun was used in this shooting,” Llewellyn added.
Charlotte’s mother, Suzanne Zaremba has been treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.
Students who knew Crizer expressed shock over the tragic turn of events Kieran Davis, a classmate who attended Ellicott Mills Middle School with both Crizer and Zaremba, told The Baltimore Sun he “would never have expected this from him.”
“It’s very hard to wrap my head around,” Davis said.
Audrey Zaremba, Charlotte’s sister, posted the following Facebook status following the tragic attack:
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the Zarembas. The account has already raised over $5,000 in less than 24 hours.