DUNDALK, Md. -- Residents were evacuated from a suburban Baltimore neighborhood where a man suspected of four murders was holding three people hostage for a third day.
Police began escorting people out of the area in armored cars Sunday after shots were fired several times from the home where Joseph Palczynski was holding the mother of his ex-girlfriend and two others at gunpoint.
Negotiations continued with Palczynski, who had been on the run since March 7 when he allegedly gunned down three people and kidnapped his former girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead. He killed another woman the next day while trying to steal a car, police said.
He later fled to Virginia where he allegedly stole guns but forced a man to drive him back to Baltimore County. Whitehead escaped unharmed.
Police said Friday night he shot his way into the home of Lynn Whitehead, her boyfriend Andy McCord, and 12-year-old Bradley McCord. Police had cordoned off a four-block area around the home and were not letting anyone in or out.
Hostage negotiators had been speaking with Palczynski by phone and on Sunday a robot delivered a cooler of food to the home.
Palczynski at one point cut off contact with negotiators Sunday morning, and opened fire through a window. Five bursts of gunfire occurred between 8:45 and 11:45 a.m.
Negotiators moved in with an armored car, using a bullhorn to prod him to resume negotiations.
''Joby, we need you to pick up the phone,'' a voice said over the loudspeaker, using Palczynski's nickname. ''Come on Joby, pick up the phone.''
Palczynski responded with gunfire, shooting out the car's tires.
Members of the Whitehead family said Sunday they had asked Baltimore County Police for protection the day before Palczynski burst into the Dundalk home.
Few people were left late Sunday night in an area of the neighborhood police described as the ''inner perimeter.''
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