By: David M. Higgins II

An 11-year-old child was also shot, expected to survive

From the Charles County Sheriff’s Office:

On August 2 at 11:07 p.m., officers responded to the 6500 block of Bensville Road in Pomfret for the report of a shooting.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect, Mark McKinley Hughes, Jr., 42 of Indian Head, went to the residence and shot and killed Vickie Danita Pickeral, 54, and Gregory Bruce Pickeral, 53, who are his in-laws and the grandparents of his children. 

Sometime following the shooting, relatives arrived at the residence and the suspect shot at this vehicle injuring an 11-year-old boy.  The child fled the scene and was later treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The woman in the vehicle was injured but was not struck by gunfire. 

The suspect fled the scene and the vehicle he was driving was reportedly involved in a single-vehicle accident in La Plata.  When officers arrived they located the suspect deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

At this time, the motive has not been established and detectives are continuing their investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501.


Pomfret, MD- Charles County police are investigating are double-murder and suicide that occurred in Pomfret, MD on Friday night. Police say, two men, a woman were killed and an 11-year-old child was shot.

The incident happened at a house on Bennsville Road. According to the preliminary investigation, the shooter drove to the house and killed a man and a woman in the house, also shooting an 11-year-old child.

While searching the area, police found a vehicle several miles away with the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The roads in the area were closed from around 12:30 a.m. until 5:00 a.m.

This is a developing story and we will bring you updates when available.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...