CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WAVY) — A Smithfield man is dead and his wife injured after a shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant in Waldorf, Md. last week. WAVY.com confirmed through family the victim was a Norfolk-based Navy Sailor.
According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the shooting scene at 11025 Mall Circle on May 20. There they found 25-year-old Robert Michael Mange and his 24-year-old wife in a parking lot, wounded.
Both victims were transported to local hospitals, where Mange was pronounced dead. The wife sustained one gunshot wound, but is expected to survive.
WAVY’s sister station in Washington, D.C., WTTG, reported Mange and his wife went to McDonald’s to pick up their two young children. Investigators said the children had been staying with their grandmother, Caroline Conway, who was identified as the suspected shooter.
Conway was later located and arrested. An ongoing child custody dispute was reported as the motive for the shooting.
On Tuesday, investigators confirmed Conway’s son, who is a Prince George’s County police officer, was charged with murder in connection to the shooting. Richard Conway, 26, was off-duty the night of the shooting, but during a Tuesday news conference, it was confirmed he was not at the scene of the murder.
“The evidence, we believe, shows he conspired with his mother ahead of time and assisted her in making the crime succeed,” said Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony Covington. “That’s first-degree murder.”
It appears detectives have evidence that connects him to the shooting, like text messages that took place during the actual homicide.
Richard Conway was arrested at his mother’s house Monday night. NBC 4 Washington reports investigators found ammunition consistent with a .40 caliber handgun, the same weapon issued to Prince George’s County police officers. The weapon used in the shooting has not been located.
Mange’s grandmother, Deborah Murray, said her grandson was aware of a serious custody problem between the two families. Murray, who spoke to WAVY.com on the phone from Naples, Fl., said Mange would do anything for his loved ones, which is why he was at the McDonald’s with his wife that day.
Murray said Mange grew up in Florida and came to Norfolk after joining the Navy four years ago. He was assigned to the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush as a boatswain’s mate. Murray said Mange was active-duty until September, and has served in the reserves ever since. Mange lived in Smithfield with his wife, who he had only been married to for a few months.