A U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland was found dead in her home, shot multiple times.
Lying next to her was her 5-month-old daughter, who was unharmed, Anne Arundel County police said.
The body of Karlyn Serane Ramirez, 24, of Severn, a town wedged between Fort Meade and the Baltimore airport, was found Tuesday morning when a neighbor noticed that a door to her townhouse was open and her dog was wandering around outside.
Another neighbor, Jeannette Ramos, told the Baltimore Sun that she saw a maintenance man banging on the front door of Ramirez’s home at about 7:40 a.m. “He was just knocking really hard on the door,” she said.
According to the local NBC affiliate, WBAL, Army Criminal Investigative Command at Fort Meade will assist police with the investigation.
Ramirez was married, according to county police spokesperson Lt. Ryan Frashure. Police have interviewed her husband a couple of times, and Frashure described him as "accessible" and "answering questions."
It is unclear if the attack is the result of a random violent act or a domestic disturbance.
"We're not ruling anything out. [It’s an] active investigation, homicide still conducting several interviews with family and neighbors, still processing evidence from the scene," Frashure told reporters.
The medical examiner’s office in Baltimore performed an autopsy on the Army specialist and determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds.
"It's so sad,” Ramirez’s neighbor Donna Johnson told WBAL. “After I found out it was a female, you know, and a baby. It's just heart breaking,"
Neighbors gathered and watched as patrol officers searched the nearby area.
"They just put the infant in an ambulance, and the Animal Control was here and they took two dogs and put them in a truck," Johnson said.
Police did not announce where Ramirez’s infant had been taken.
Over Facebook, the Sun contacted a Chuy Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, who claimed to be the Army specialist’s brother. He declined to make a comment beyond saying, "At this time we ourselves are still wanting answers."