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Suspect in custody following deadly shooting at carnival

Suspect in custody following deadly shooting at carnival, Syncere Smith
Posted at 3:26 PM, Jul 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 14:40:57-04

HOLLYWOOD, Md. — A 19-year-old was arrested and charged for a deadly shooting at a carnival in St. Mary's County.

Devron Ny'Quez Murray is facing six charges, including first-degree murder.

Officials say Murray shot and killed 16-year-old Syncere Kovey Smith just after 11pm in the carnival parking lot on Three Notch Road.

Smith later died at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

Another man was also struck in the leg. He was airlifted to an area trauma center.

Witnesses were able to describe the suspect, who was located at a nearby gas station. Police also searched the area and recovered a 9mm handgun.

According to police, Murray is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to his age.

Detectives believe the incident stemmed from an ongoing rival between two groups.

Murray is being held at Leonardtown's St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Smith's funeral.