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Man Shoots Motorist, Self in Charles County



    Homicide-Suicide May Be Linked to Auto Theft Investigation

    Police believe Robert Becker plotted to kill a high school teacher at a busy intersection before turning the gun on himself. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011)

    The Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide-suicide in White Plains, Md.

    Just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Billingsley and Middletown roads, a man got out of one car, approached another car and fired several shots into the car before shooting himself, sheriff's office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

    The gunman, 22-year-old Robert Becker, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The man driving the other car, 24-year-old Christopher Hoefert, was struck at least twice and flown to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    The shooting was not road rage, according to Richardson, nor was it random. The men knew each other, police said, and investigators are looking into the possibility that Becker shot Hoefert because of an auto theft investigation involving both men. According to court documents, Hoefert confessed to helping Becker move a stolen car.

    Waldorf Teacher Shot, Killed in Car

    [DC] Waldorf Teacher Shot, Killed in Car
    A high school teacher was shot and killed on his way home from school.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011)

    Hoefert was a second-year technology education teacher and robotics coach at North Point High School in Waldorf. The school said it would have grief counselors on hand Wednesday to help staff and students cope with the tragedy.