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Man dies after 2009 shooting, police looking to talk with witnesses

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 12:02:28-05

HANOVER, Md. — A man shot during a birthday party on February 15, 2009 has died from his injuries, and now police want to talk to witnesses to see if they can find out who pulled the trigger.

Police say the shooting happened just before 1 a.m. at a birthday party in the 7300 block of Parkway Drive South in Hanover. The party was thrown by a woman who was turning 19, and 24-year-old Jason Erol Armetta from Ellicott City was at the party when he was shot.

According to witnesses, three unknown black men came to the party and an argument broke out between them and Armetta. During the argument, one of the men took out a handgun and shot Armetta.

Police investigated several leads after the shooting, but were never able to make an arrest.

Since the shooting Armetta has been getting medical care for his gunshot wounds and died on September 28, 2018. Officials with the Medical Examiner's office say he died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

Since it has been almost 10 years since this shooting, police are hoping more people are willing to talk about what happened at the party that night. Police say that relationships change with time, and witnesses have likely moved, so they might be more comfortable talking about what happened.

If you have any information about this shooting, call calling the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.