Police still searching for suspect in birthday party fatal shooting

June 25, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Antonio Michael Joyner of Walkersville, Md., died from a gunshot wound at a residence on Guilford Avenue, according to police.
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City police are continuing to investigate a shooting at a birthday party early Sunday at a house on Guilford Avenue that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Walkersville, Md., man, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman.

Although a department official said Sunday that investigators were getting cooperation from witnesses at the party regarding the shooting of Antonio Michael Joyner, Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd said Monday afternoon that police still do not have a suspect in the shooting.

“(It’s) still a whodunit,” Hurd said.

Hurd said detectives are requesting information from the public about the shooting. Anyone who witnessed anything associated with the incident may call the city police detective unit at 301-790-3700, ext. 234. People can also email tips to

Hurd said police are “actively and aggressively” following up on any information they receive about the shooting.

Officer Derek Marshall was on patrol at about 12:03 a.m. Sunday when he saw a large crowd outside 730 Guilford Ave. and stopped to see what was going on, Lt. Tom Langston said.

Marshall discovered a shooting had just happened and found Joyner shot, lying in the kitchen, Langston said. Marshall administered CPR to Joyner and called for an ambulance, Langston said.

Joyner was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, police said.

Langston said at least 20 people had been at the home for a birthday party when a fight broke out and, during the scuffles, Joyner was shot in the upper torso.

Joyner was involved in the fight, which involved several people, Langston said.

Joyner’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy, Langston said.

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