MURDER USA Shootings spread across the region as family feuds, random gunfire, crazy teens and dedicated killers shoot each other, shoot at cops, killed man leaving gym; shoot at motorists

CRIME & DECLINE IN LEXINGTON PARK: Random gunfire strikes motorists; one injured

LEXINGTON PARK, MD. – In spite of a sparkling new $6 million Sheriff’s Deputies Restroom facility opened in 2021 on Great Mills Road, the heathens of the once vibrant town are now firing guns at random motorists, wounding one man.

St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on February 10, 2022, at 8:44 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21000 block of Spring Valley Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting.

Deputies arrived on the scene and located two victims who advised while traveling on Spring Valley Drive, their vehicles were shot, and both vehicles sustained damage. No injuries were reported from the shootings.

SHOOTING WOUNDED MAN ONE BLOCK FROM SHERIFF RESTROOM/HQ

While deputies were still on the scene investigating the initially reported shootings, another shooting was reported at 9:15 p.m. in the area of Midway Drive and Great Mills Road. A male victim, age 23 of Lexington Park, was located suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. The victim advised deputies he was driving on Great Mills Road, near Midway Drive, when he was shot. The victim was transported via helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment.

Trooper Medic on the Maryland State Police helicopter closes the door on Trooper Seven after loading a patient. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Detectives and Crime Lab personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Criminal Department Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigations. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension 78118 or by email at James.Bare@stmarysmd.com.

TWO OFFICERS SHOT IN FREDERICK

FREDERICK, MD – On Feb. 11, 2022, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Frederick Police Department responded to the area of Key Parkway and Waverley Drive for a report of a suspicious person that was possibly armed.

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Upon responding to the scene, two Frederick Police Officers and one suspect were shot. Both officers and the suspect were transported to an area trauma center for their injuries.

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Dominique Lamarr Lewis, 25, of Hampton, Virginia, is charged with two counts of attempted first and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Statement from Chief of Police Jason Lando:

“Friday afternoon I received the call that no law enforcement agency leader ever wants to receive. Two of our officers were shot by a suspect while responding to a call for a suspicious person. Watching helicopters lift off from the scene with our cops inside was the toughest thing I have witnessed in a long time. Yesterday evening, however, our collective prayers were answered. Both officers were released from the hospital. I am so thankful that both are going to make a full recovery.

This incident remains under investigation by the Maryland State Police, and the Frederick Police Department will fully respect and cooperate with that investigation. At the same time, we have been overwhelmed by the support for our agency and for Officers Kowalsky and Snyder. The words of encouragement, support and prayers have come from literally all over the country, and we cannot express how much they mean to us. It is a difficult time for police officers right now, and the challenges we face are immense, but knowing we have so much support continues to be our driving force in our mission to protect and serve.

To all of our public safety brothers and sisters, community leaders, and each and every individual who reached out, we thank you. We have received so many offers of support during this time. We will update our social media channels with any needs that may arise for our officers and how anyone who wants to help can do so.

Yesterday’s tragic incident occurred during what we often refer to as a routine call for service. Our officers respond to these types of calls every day, knowing that at any moment, it could be their own lives on the line. Yesterday was that moment for Kristen and Bryan. They are, undoubtedly, heroes. What makes them heroes is not only what happened to them yesterday, but the fact that, once they heal, they will be right back out there protecting and serving their community. For that we owe them, and all of our officers, our deepest gratitude.”

KILLER KIDS IN TRAINING; BOTH WOUNDED AS LESSON IN WHAT NOT TO DO

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Annapolis police reported that on February 12, 2022, kids in the capital city were playing serious games with guns.  At 7:39 pm officers responded to the 100 block of Obery Court for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers located two juvenile victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The juvenile victims were transported to an area hospital.

DAMON JOHNIKEN HELD IN JAIL AFTER FAMILY SHOOTING

SMYRNA, DEL. – The Delaware State Police report that troopers arrested Damon Johniken, 26, of Newark, on multiple criminal charges following a domestic incident involving a weapon early Saturday morning.

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Police say that on February 12, 2022, at approximately 2:28 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a home on Ivy Glen Ct. for a physical domestic involving a weapon. Before police arrived, the suspect, later identified as Damon Johniken, fled the scene with a firearm in the vehicle.

As troopers were responding to the residence, a trooper observed Johniken driving northbound on Rt 13 in the area where the incident occurred. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and taken into custody without incident. During a vehicle search, an unloaded Smith and Wesson MP22 Compact handgun and a magazine with 10 bullets were recovered. A computer inquiry revealed that Johniken does not have a concealed weapon permit.

 The investigation determined Johniken entered a female acquaintances’ residence and engaged in an altercation with the female. As Johniken entered the home, he pointed a firearm at the victim, and a physical altercation ensued. The victim sustained minor facial injuries during the fight before Johniken threatened the victim with the gun for a second time before fleeing the scene.

 Johniken was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 9 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Assault Third Degree
  • Aggravated Menacing (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Expired Temporary Registration Plate
  • Conspiracy Third Degree

Johniken was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and was released on a $25,500.00 unsecured bond.

Talbot County Sheriff

FAMILY FEUD: DAD JAILED FOR SHOOTING SON

EASTON, MD. – A man with a long record of violence allegedly shot his son. Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble reports that on February 6, 2022, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 5900 block of Manadier Road for an assault in progress.

Deputies located two injured males at the residence, one suffering from a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound to the head. Investigation revealed Russell Patrick Sankovich, 49, and Ryan Patrick Sankovich, 21, both of Easton, MD were involved in a physical confrontation leading to the discharge of a firearm by Russell Sankovich.

Police reported that the two men are father and son.

 Both were transported to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center for treatment.

Russell Sankovich was treated and released, placed under arrest, and charged by Deputy Mixon with assault with a handgun, assault, possession of a firearm when prohibited, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, and reckless endangerment.

Russell Sankovich was transported to the Talbot County Jail for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. Russell Sankovich was ordered held without bond.

This wasn’t the first rodeo for Russell Sankovich in the Talbot County hoosegow as he was convicted of battery on Dec. 21, 1994, and was sentenced by Talbot District Court Judge William H. Adkins III to spend six months in Jail.  

A conviction of malicious property destruction in Caroline County in 1991 earned Russell Sankovich eighteen months in the Caroline County jail.

Russell Patrick Sankovich (is sometimes listed with the first name of Russel in court records) (DOB 11/04/1972) of 5982 Manadier Road, Easton, Md, is represented by attorney Garrett Fitzgerald, of Easton in the current charges of a full range from first-degree assault to reckless endangerment, possession of a gun by a convicted felon, and associated assault and gun charges.  A bail review was requested on February 7, 2022, with bail denied.

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MURDER USA: VICTIM SHOT DEAD ON HIS WAY TO HIS CAR AFTER GYM WORKOUT

Delaware State Police have identified the homicide victim killed last Thursday night outside a Bear area gym as Kwa’jree Turner, 22, of New Castle. 

On February 10, 2022, at approximately 9:41 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to the parking lot of LA Fitness, located at 900 Eden Circle, for reports of a shooting. The investigation determined Kwa’jree Turner, exited LA Fitness and was approaching his vehicle in the parking lot when an unknown suspect approached and began shooting at him. Multiple spent shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Turner sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by EMS to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

BEAR, DEL. – In the violent state of Delaware, a man was shot dead after a gym visit.

Delaware State Police report that they are investigating a homicide that occurred Thursday night outside a Bear area gym.

On February 10, 2022, at approximately 9:41 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to the parking lot of LA Fitness, located at 900 Eden Circle, for reports of a shooting. The investigation determined the 22-year-old male victim from New Castle, exited LA Fitness and was approaching his vehicle in the parking lot when an unknown suspect approached and began shooting at the victim. Multiple spent shell casings were recovered from the scene.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by EMS to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

There is no suspect information at this time.

This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Brian McDerby by calling 302-741-2821 or emailing Brian.McDerby@delaware.gov.

MURDER USA: Man dies from injuries sustained in a shooting on B Avenue

NORFOLK, Va.  –  Norfolk Police are investigating a homicide after a 30-year-old man died following a shooting that occurred on Saturday evening in Huntersville.

Around 10:30 p.m., dispatchers received a call for a gunshot victim in the 800 block of B Avenue. When first responders arrived, they found David Burton, of Norfolk, suffering from gunshot wounds. Burton was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

Virginia State Police investigate Officer Involved Shooting on Granby Street

NORFOLK, Va.  –   The Virginia State Police are currently investigating a shooting involving two Norfolk Police officers that the Norfolk Police report took place on Saturday, February 12th, around 10:30 p.m.

 Norfolk Police say that officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the 100 block of Granby Street.

When the officers arrived, they encountered a man armed with a handgun, which is always the wrong way to greet the police.

Police say that the man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A firearm was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured.

If you have any information about this shooting, submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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