Suspect Sought in Wicomico County Homicide

December 27, 2016

MD State Police
December 27, 2016
(Salisbury, MD)

Maryland State Police are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of a man in Wicomico County last night.

The victim is identified as James Edward Joyce, 31, of Salisbury, Md. He was pronounced dead while in route to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The second victim is identified as Hilda Barkley, 56, of Salisbury, Md. She sustained at least one gunshot wound and continues to receive medical treatment at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The preliminary information indicates one or more suspects, were involved. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the Salisbury City Police Department are working to obtain additional information.

Just after 9:30 p.m. last night, police officers from the Salisbury City Police Department were flagged down in the area of the 700 block of Baker Street in Salisbury by an individual who was in the neighborhood at the time. He advised police about an apparent shooting of two victims inside a nearby apartment on Baker Street.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was called by the Salisbury City Police Department to lead the investigation. Once investigators arrived, it was apparent the shooting took place inside the apartment. Investigators do not know at this time if the victim was the intended target of the suspect.

State Police investigators worked throughout the night and are actively continuing their investigation today. Additional assistance is being provided by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division and the Salisbury City Police Department.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. Callers may remain confidential.

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