15-year-old killed by brother in murder-suicide, Howard Co. police say

Two brothers are dead after a murder-suicide in Howard County, Maryland, on Tuesday, police say.

Two people were found shot inside a home in the 5200 block of Five Fingers Way in Columbia at around 1 p.m., according to a news release from Howard County police.

Michael Bassler shot and killed his younger brother, 15-year-old Stephen Bassler, inside their home before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Both brothers lived at the home, along with a parent who police said was not present at the time of the shooting.

No one else was involved and police said they are looking to find the cause of the shooting.

Here’s a map of where police said the shooting happened.

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Andrew Alsbrooks

Andrew Alsbrooks is an Associate Producer at WTOP. Prior to joining WTOP, Andrew worked for NBC Washington and he currently works at NBC Sports Washington from time to time. Finding the “why” in every story is what drives him to put his best foot forward on any topic that faces him.

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