By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher

UPDATE from CCSO 6/16/2020 @2:40 p.m.: On June 15 at 7:45 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a disabled car near the intersection of Acton Lane and Western Parkway in Waldorf. Upon checking on the occupants, he observed two victims, a 39-year-old male, and a 25-year-old male, with gunshot wounds. Both victims were flown to a hospital where they were admitted with serious injuries.

At the same time, the officer was tending to the victims, a 911 call was received indicating a shooting had just occurred in the 2400 block of Shawnee Lane, which is near Acton Lane. When officers arrived, they located Kwasi Louard-Clark, 34, of Waldorf, deceased with apparent gunshot wounds. A preliminary investigation revealed all three victims were together on Shawnee Lane when the suspect fired multiple rounds from a handgun, striking the men. The two victims in the car were able to flee to Acton Lane.

Richard Middleton, 37, of Brandywine

Officers tracked the suspect and he was located nearby.  He was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and officers discovered he had an injury to his head. He was arrested without incident. Richard Middleton, 37, of Brandywine, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and other related charges. The shooting is not random and detectives are continuing to investigate the motive.

Anyone with information related to this homicide is asked to call Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

Update from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at 11.00 p.m.: Three people shot. One adult male victim pronounced deceased on the scene. Two other adult males with gunshot wounds were found in the car on Acton Lane. They were transported to the hospital.

Officers have located a person of interest. The motive is not known at this time. Anyone with info should call 301-932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Detectives are investigating and will be in the area for several hours. (The area reopened at 2:30 a.m. on June 16, 2020)

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.- It is being reported now that one person has died as a result of the shooting. Two people were shot at Acton Lane and Western Parkway, while the third was shot near Shawnee Lane.

Police have K-9s searching the area.

Residents are asked to stay indoors at this time.

Waldorf, MD 8:00 p.m.- Charles County Sheriff’s and Rescue units are currently responding to a report of multiple people shot in the area of Acton Lane and Western Parkway.

It is reported that three individuals have been shot with at least one not breathing. A MEDEVAC has been requested.

Watch for emergency personnel, police activity and expect detours in the area.

This is a developing story

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...