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News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
Lexington Park, MD- On August 9, 2020, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Wawa located at 22530 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting complaint.
A preliminary investigation determined a verbal argument took place in the parking lot between the suspect and the victim. During the argument, Reginald Elijah Parks, age 27 of Virginia, retrieved a handgun. While the parties argued, Parks discharged the firearm in close vicinity of the victim. The victim’s vehicle, which was occupied by another individual, was struck by a projectile. The victims were not injured in the assault. Parks and the victims are familiar with each other, and this was determined not to be a random act of violence.
The handgun was recovered and Parks was placed under arrest and charged with the following:
- Assault First Degree
- Assault Second Degree
- Handgun on Person
- Loaded Handgun on Person
- Reckless Endangerment
Parks was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and remains incarcerated on a no bond status.
Anyone with information on this incident that has not provided a statement to law enforcement is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension 71953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.