A 25-year-old California area man is on life support at Prince Georges Shock Trauma center after being shot in the back of the neck during a fight on a stretch of Rt. 5 south of Monk’s Inn, in St. Inigoes, early this morning just before 2 a.m.

St. Mary’s Sheriff David Zylak told The Bay Net Tavaris S. Hewlett was shot while standing in a large crowd that gathered outside the bar at 1:49 a.m.

Two St. Mary’s Sheriff’s were on the scene, having responded to a call for a fight a short time before the shooting. The deputies heard the shot ring out, but could not locate the shooter due to the large crowd, estimated at near 250 people, Zylak said.

There are no suspects in custody. Police believe there were three men involved in the assault, with one of them being the shooter.

The suspects were thought to have fled the area in a green-colored mini-van.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Some believe this may have been a planned killing, as there were no fights inside the bar and it is possible Hewlett was targeted as he left the bar to make his way home.

Read the full report of the incident, accounts from the scene here