(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Homicide investigators from the Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting, claiming the life of a 25-year-old man in Caroline County.
The deceased victim is identified as Timothy Darnell Smith, Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Federalsburg. Smith had been convicted of assault in Circuit Court earlier this year from an incident last year which may have played a role in his murder.
Smith was located by officers from the Federalsburg Police Department at an intersection in downtown Federalsburg, with an apparent gunshot wound in his upper torso.
Smith was immediately provided medical treatment at the scene and transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. At 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the Federalsburg Police Department received a 9-1-1 call, reporting the incident.
The caller told police she heard the sound of a gunshot when she exited a nearby residence. At the time of the shooting, Smith was walking along the sidewalk with another adult male and two children. Police believe the adult male is a cousin of Smith. Within minutes of the 9-1-1 call, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded and found Smith in a standing position, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Within moments, Smith collapsed on the ground where police immediately attempted resuscitation. Smith was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware where he was later pronounced dead.
The preliminary investigation indicates Smith was walking with his cousin and the two children towards a nearby store in downtown Federalsburg around 8:00 p.m. last night.
Witnesses informed police that a car was observed in the area the same time the gunshot was heard. Maryland State Police crime scene technicians continue to process the scene for evidence. A member of the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office responded and has been working with the State Police Homicide Unit investigators.
Assistance is also being provided by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division from the Upper Shore region, the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, troopers from the Easton Barrack, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Investigators continue to interview area residents about what they may have seen or heard.
The search continues for suspects who may have been involved in this shooting.
Anyone who may have been driving in the area of Academy Street and Main Street between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m., yesterday is urged to contact Maryland State Police homicide investigators at the Easton Barrack 410-822-3101 or the Federalsburg Police Department 410-754-8966.
Smith, of 6734 Bobtown Road in Hurlock, Md., was convicted after pleading guilty to conspiracy and assault on May 28, 2014 from charges stemming from an incident on Nov. 7, 2013. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail with appearances in the slammer on weekends starting on May 30, 2014. He was also sentenced to a total of six months in jail with five months suspended and two years of unsupervised probation. Charges of trespass, reckless endangerment and assault were dropped by the Caroline County States Attorney in a plea deal.
The State of Maryland will continue to be on the hook for his child support as when he was alive he had to be held in contempt of court to force him to pay his child support.