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.

Reginald Elijah Parks, age 27 of Virginia

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