HOLLYWOOD, Md. — The following information comes from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. No mugshot has been provided by police at this time, but is expected to be release by them in the future according to the SMCSO Public Information Officer:
A 19-year-old Lexington Park man has been arrested and charged by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in a fatal shooting at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival on Friday evening.
Devron Ny’Quez Murray, age 19 of Lexington Park, has been charged with First-Degree Murder; Second-Degree Murder; First-Degree Attempted Murder; Second-Degree Attempted Murder and two counts of First-Degree Assault. Murray is being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown.
On July 15, 2022, multiple Sheriff’s Office deputies and other public safety personnel were already in attendance at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department at 24801 Three Notch Road in Hollywood. At 10:57 pm, several gunshots were heard coming from the carnival’s parking lot and deputies and public safety personnel immediately responded.
A 16-year-old male victim, Syncere Kovey Smith, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Smith was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown where he later succumbed to his injuries. Another man was struck by a bullet in the leg and was air transported to an area trauma center.
Numerous witnesses provided a description of the shooter who was located nearby in a matter of minutes at the Birdie’s gas station in Hollywood.
A search of the area located a 9mm handgun. Murray is prohibited from possessing a handgun because of his age.
Preliminary investigation determined that this was not a random act. The incident stems from an ongoing dispute between two known rival groups of youth offenders.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Detective First Class Tyler Payne at 301-475-4200, ext. 78010 or email email@example.com.
In a collaborative effort with the community and Serenity Place, LLC, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces that free mental health and counseling services will be available on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad from 10 am to 2 pm.
UPDATE – Late last night, it was confirmed that the patient who was transported to a nearby hospital was pronounced deceased. The victim has not been identified at this time.
No further details about the condition of the other patients has been confirmed yet. A suspect was later later brought into custody by police, and one firearm was recovered.
The suspect has been identified as Devron Murray, 19 of Lexington Park. Murray has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
The incident is currently under investigation by police.
In addition, the St. Mary’s County Commissioners released the following statement about the shooting:
“The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County wish to extend their sincere condolences to the victims, families, and witnesses of Friday night’s shooting at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Carnival.
“To the victims’ families, we express our sorrow and promise to stand with you in the coming days. To those who were at the carnival and witnessed the terrible events, our hearts go out to you,” Commissioner President Randy Guy said.
We will pray for comfort for you and our entire community this time. We will also stand with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and all law enforcement members to ensure full justice is brought to bear. This is a difficult time, and we know there will be more difficult days ahead; as a community, we will navigate through this with compassion and determination.””
We will continue to provide additional details as they are made available.
HOLLYWOOD, Md. – On July 15, 2022, at approximately 11 p.m., a shooting was reported at the Hollywood carnival grounds located at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.
After shots were fired, fire department personnel were instructed to evacuate the scene immediately.
Crews discovered two victims who were reportedly shot including a young adult male, approximately 20 years old. One member of the fire department also sustained injuries, however, they later signed a refusal for additional medical assistance. There were reportedly 4 patients in total.
One patient received cpr while being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, with another transported to a trauma center via Trooper 7.
Maryland State Police Trooper 7 requested a shut down of Three Notch Road from Rescue Lane to Hollywood Road for medevacs.
The Birdies Convenience store was also shut down, which was also related to the incident.
No suspect has been apprehended at this time.
This is an ongoing situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
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