UPDATE – The shooting investigation from May was continued by members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force and on July 3, 2021, De’Quan Sabien Gantt, age 20 of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault First Degree
  • Assault Second Degree
  • Possession of Firearm/Minor
  • Handgun on Person
  • Loaded Handgun on Person
  • Illegal Possession of Ammunition
  • Regulated Firearm/Illegal Possession
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Firearm Use/Felony Violent Crime

Gantt remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no-bond status.

Anyone with information on this incident or gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact (301) 475-4200 ext. 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force is a collaborative effort with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the State’s Attorney’s Office for St. Mary’s County to ensure the safety and security of all residents, through the arrest and prosecution of those seeking to do harm unto others through gun violence.


UPDATE: On May 16, 2021, at 12:35 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported shots fired. A male victim, age 41 of Lexington Park, was located suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was flown to an area trauma center for treatment and later released.

Detectives and crime lab personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Detective Corporal Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension 71953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — We are receiving reports that one person has been shot in the area of the Pax River Inn earlier this afternoon.

At approximately 12:39 p.m. on May 16, police, fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene of a reported shooting. Upon arrival, crews discovered a male victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A helicopter from the Maryland State Police Aviation was requested to transport the victim to a nearby trauma center. We do not currently know the status of any injuries the victim may have sustained.

This is a developing story. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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