UPDATE: Names Released in Domestic-Related Quadruple Shooting in Waldorf

March 23, 2017

UPDATE 3/23/2017 @ 10:25 a.m.: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have released additional information relating to the domestic-related quadruple shooting that occurred on March 23, 2017.

At 8:07 p.m., officers responded to 3305 Westdale Court in Waldorf for multiple calls for the sound of gunshots and a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a woman, 36, outside with multiple gunshot wounds. They received information that the shooter – the woman’s husband – was inside along with their two children. Officers made a quick, tactical entry and immediately found the suspect, c 37, of that address, deceased on the living room floor; a gun was beside him and he had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers continued searching the house and located the couple’s daughter, Laila Goodwin, 4, in an upstairs bedroom; she was deceased. Another daughter, Lashelle Goodwin, 17, was located in the upstairs bathroom suffering from several gunshot wounds. She was flown to a hospital where she later died. Their mother was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.

The initial investigation revealed Goodwin shot his wife and daughters and then turned the gun on himself. Investigators are working to establish a motive, but at this time it is unclear what prompted the shootings. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.

UPDATE 3/24/2017 @ 8:55 a.m.: The juvenile female who was shot during a domestic-related quadruple shooting on Westdale Court on March 23 was pronounced deceased late last night; she was 17-years-old. Her name, as well as the other victim and suspect’s name will be released when all next of kin have been notified.

UPDATE 3/23/2017 @ 11:30 p.m.: On March 23, 2017, at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 block of Westdale Court, in Waldorf, for the report of multiple shots fired.

Upon entering the residence, officers located an adult male who was deceased. As officers further searched the townhome, they located a young female child who was also deceased, and two additional females, one who appeared to be a teenager and one adult, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Both the teenage and adult females were flown out to an area hospital in critical condition.

Officers also located a gun near the deceased man.

This appears to be a domestic-related incident. The investigation is ongoing, and the victims’ identities will be released once next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 932-2222  or (301) 609-6515. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx.

A $1,000 cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case.

UPDATE 3/23/2017 @ 9:55 p.m.: At least 4 shot. One adult male and one toddler deceased. Two females flown out, one juvenile and one adult.

3/23/2017: On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic-related shooting on Westdale Court, in Waldorf.

Four people have been shot,

The Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department reported an adult male and a child were pronounced dead at the scene.

A helicopter  has been requested to the scene to transport two victims to an area trauma center.


63 Responses to UPDATE: Names Released in Domestic-Related Quadruple Shooting in Waldorf

  1. Tell You What on March 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    What is it going to take for Berry to step up and do his job? This county gets worse every day. Prayers to those innocent lives who were taken.

    • Use Common Sense on March 24, 2017 at 3:22 am

      And do what, precisely? Police are a reactionary force. Not a proactive one.

      Sounds like a murder-suicide. What could’ve been done? Nothing. Nada. Sad truth.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2017 at 1:47 am

        How dare you to speak on something you have no information about. Its best to say that your opinion is not based on facts just a thoughtless thought from a thoughtless person

        • Anonymous on March 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

          He was right.

        • Shirley Briggs on March 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

          He was very right. And his opinion was based on facts. You are an idiot. Police are a reactionary force.

    • Nick on March 24, 2017 at 4:12 am

      You want to blame Sheriff Berry? Seriously?

      1) Crime is rampant everywhere,.
      2) Situations like this have taken place long before Troy Berry became Sheriff.
      3) Until the courts stop releasing people with a slap on the wrist, this kind of crap will continue.

    • Bob Lob Law on March 24, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Time to ban all guns huh?

      • Kala on March 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        People are still gunna find ways to get guns dummy. Legal or not. Just like drugs lmfao
        If my mans didn’t have access to a gun because of the “ban” I’m sure he would’ve used something else. Horrible to think, but its a possible factor

        • Bob Lob Law on March 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

          You need to Google sarcasm. Exercising common sense doesn’t make you the smartest person in the room.

        • Shirley Briggs on March 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

          Yeah, it was definitely sarcasm. small brain.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 7:38 am

      How is he supposed to stop a domestic shooting inside someone’s house?

    • it's 420 time! on March 24, 2017 at 9:17 am

      And….What exactly does Berry have to do? Tell us,we want to hear your answer.

    • Big Cookie on March 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Just curious, exactly what do you expect the sheriff to do? I don’t disagree with you that the county is getting worse every day. With so much section 8 housing, it does attract an unsavory element but that is not the Sheriffs fault. He does however, have to deal with the repercussions.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Unless he’s clairvoyant, there’s nothing he or anyone can do when someone decides to do something like this to their family.

    • YourMomZaenus on March 24, 2017 at 11:07 am

      How the hell is the sheriff supposed to stop a man from taking out a gun inside his own home and shooting his family?

    • Better than Rex on March 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Please tell us how the sheriff could have prevented this. I’ll wait.

    • Grandma A on March 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      What?? Did you read the story? Unfortunately domestic violence can happen anywhere with no warning. Using this tragedy to get a dig in on the sheriff is ridiculous!

    • Dl on March 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      What does Berry have to do with a domestic violence issue? Stop blaming the wrong ones!!!

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2017 at 1:43 am

      The Charles County Sheriff’s department is not at fault. I am a police officer in South East DC, you don’t have a clue. The only person at fault here, is the coward that took the lives of two innocent children.

    • Kala on March 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      How was he gunna stop this lol please do tell.

  2. Anonymous on March 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    So was it a murder-suicide? Or did it deal with drugs?

    • Johnny5 on March 24, 2017 at 3:34 am

      What the hell does berry have to do with a murder suicide?

    • cheywolf on March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Murder suicide

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      You are an ignorant pos to want to associate drugs with this tragedy. I guess you’re bringing drugs into this cause it’s a black family. You fu×××n idiot

      • Malcom X on March 25, 2017 at 6:39 am


        • Shirley Briggs on March 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

          Nope, you are. Your reply was for someone using sarcasm to dispel racism. The fact that you didn’t catch this amazes me.

        • Shirley Briggs on March 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

          Malcom X was a racist. Change your name.

  3. Gary B on March 23, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Damn, WTF is going on?

  4. Team Berry on March 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

    What does sheriff berry gotta do with anything? Even if sheriff rex was in office same results u couldn’t have stop this either way so try again buddy….

  5. cheywolf on March 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I do not understand why someone has to take out everyone along with them. If you are at the point you are ready to die, go leave the innocent alone. Nothing but a coward,

  6. Me on March 24, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Domestic related. Seems like murder-suicide. Gun was found by deceased male. It was on the news. Doesn’t have anything to do with Berry.

  7. LeShawn Jenkins on March 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Just another evening in the Dorf’. Living in this crime cesspool, peoples have finally reached their breaking point. Tragic.

    • YourMomZaenus on March 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      I agree Waldorf has gone to shxt, but domestic violence happens everywhere.

  8. Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Yall people are stupid what the hell do berry have to do with someone shooting there family grow up

  9. Jrock on March 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Why would some dumdass person blame berry for someone shooting there family grow up dumbass

    • Taqueshia Johnson on March 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Stop blaming Marion Barry! He was a human being and did great things for our innner city kids. You all are just racist and can’t accept Barry for the good things he did.

      • YourMomZaenus on March 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm

        You’re either a complete idiot or a brilliant comedian/comedienne. Please provide further commentary so I can decide.

        • Taqueisha Johnson on March 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

          I can’t right now, I’m still laughing at the serious response to the posting! Hilarious! Barry, Berry? Tomato, Tamato? Sorry to confuse ya’ll. Bottom line, Waldorf or SE DC, there is no difference in the crime, or the people committing these crimes. Sad, but true dat’!

      • cheryl on March 25, 2017 at 2:07 am

        Marion Barry was a politician in Wash DC> Been dead for a long time. Sheriff BERRY IS IN WALDORF . People need to learn how to read but even better, learn who the people in your county are. And the Sheriff is one person, so if the citizens are looking for a miracle, it has to start with the citizens first.

      • Malcom X on March 25, 2017 at 6:41 am

        You’re right I can’t. On a side note, I can’t believe that the D.C. Gubment hasn’t declared his birthday as “Marion Barry” day. Fing POS.

        • Anonymous on March 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

          The good news is that Marion has been clean since his death.

      • wondering on March 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

        What an assumption, they are not talking about Marion Barry.

  10. Jrock on March 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Some people dont know what to say

  11. Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Domestic violence, @ wrk here….too bad he didn’t killed himself BEFORE killing his children.

  12. Lee Moon-Griffo on March 24, 2017 at 10:49 am

    My thoughts go out to the family of the victims. My sister was the victim of a murder-suicide. The destruction it wrecks is widespread and lasting. Please leave this woman and her remaining family alone while she/they cope with the aftermath of this horror. To the surviving spouse/mother: you are not alone. You can survive this, though you will never be the same. Please seek all possible avenues of support and don’t talk to the media or anyone seeking to profit from your unimaginable loss. My name is below, you can Google for my contact info. I’m so sorry for the devastation you are experiencing.

  13. Ms. Justice bb on March 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Prayers for the family! Prayers for your country!My condolences to the family.

    • Bob Lob Law on March 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      You mean OUR country right?

      • Ms. Justice bb on March 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        Right! Sorry!

  14. Anonymous J on March 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Now that they have added pictures it just makes we wonder how anyone could look into the eyes of those two children then end their life. Especially someone who claims to love them. Any issue this guy was having with his spouse did not warrant the murder of these two girls. I hope the remaining family can eventually find some way to cope with this senseless act.

    • Ms. Justice bb on March 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      My thoughts exactly!This is hard for any remaining family members! Please Lord heal this in your special way! Amen.

  15. Bobbi on March 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    A selfish act of one destroys the lives of many. Praying for the mother of these precious angels. May God strengthen, comfort and give her peace in the midst of this horrific situation as only He can. The heartbreak the family is enduring is unimaginable.

  16. Lucy on March 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Crime is everywhere….what does section 8 have to do with anything….and troy berry is the sheriff……but when rex coffee was the sheriff you weren’t up in arm’s….yes, this is tragic and senseless…god bless the family for there loss…..but don’t be insubliminal… we as black ppl live everywhere not just waldorf..we work and want a better life for ourselve’s and our children just like you do for you and your’s…so how dare you insinuate that waldorf is a bad place because of black ppl…the stupidity that ppl have is ridiculous….

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      U idiot why you got to bring up black people, no one above here said anything about race. Charles county has gone downhill alot in last 10 years mainly because over populated and not enough activities for people to do. No one said black people I did see a mention of section 8 what is that racist, because I know of people on that as well. Leta not turn one problem into a larger one, the guy was sick in the head.

      • Tylah Holman on March 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Because we know exactly who the above commenters were referring too. We’re just not cowards. We don’t have to make anonymous comments to refer to a certain group of people without actually directing it.

    • Malcom X on March 25, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Why are you ppl too lazy to spell “people?”

      • Whyte Rider on March 26, 2017 at 12:36 am

        Barry has been dead for less than 3 years, you dipstick! Get your information straight by staying up on current events. Start by putting down The Finsl Call, it’s just BS anyways.

        • Big Cookie on March 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

          I miss him. He was a “crack” politician!

    • Big Cookie on March 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      I brought up section 8 housing in response to “Tell you what’s” comment about the deterioration of this county and I stand by my statement. Section 8 housing attracts the lowest of the low when it comes to the quality of the people. It’s not based on race. I wouldn’t go to the mall after dark. I certainly wouldn’t go to the mall cinema’s after dark. Would you? Would you park in the area behind the theatres? If you do, you’re taking your life in your hands. Not me!
      I have only a few years left before retirement. I will sell my house and get out of Maryland so fast, it won’t be funny. The mall will be turning into an abandoned dump within the next two years as Sears and JC Penny close. With the anchor stores gone, the smaller stores and restaurants will soon follow. It’s already started. How many restaurants in Waldorf have gone out of business in the last two years? Like I said, section 8 brings in the wrong kind of people.

  17. cheryl on March 25, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Section 8 is available for everyone regardless of race, creed or color. And it is not responsible for crimes being committed. You need to read papers, watch news, etc. One who is a millionare is just as capable of crime as is the one in little houses. Maybe at times more so.

    • Chibbs on March 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

      You must be at least Section 9!

  18. Teri on March 25, 2017 at 2:50 am

    How can anyone blame the sheriff? The blame should fall on the man who obviously went on a killing spree. Everyone should be praying for the family of this horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the entire family.

  19. Tylah on March 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Someone compared SE, DC to Waldorf. Lol, get out a little more.

    • Anonymous on March 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Exactly. SE is now safer than Waldorf.