Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

On August 2 at 11:07 p.m., officers responded to the 6500 block of Bensville Road in Pomfret for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect, Mark McKinley Hughes, Jr., 42 of Indian Head, went to the residence and shot and killed Vickie Danita Pickeral, 54, and Gregory Bruce Pickeral, 53, who are his in-laws and the grandparents of his children.  Sometime following the shooting, relatives arrived at the residence and the suspect shot at this vehicle injuring an 11-year-old boy.  The child fled the scene and was later treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The woman in the vehicle was injured but was not struck by gunfire.  The suspect fled the scene and the vehicle he was driving was reportedly involved in a single vehicle accident in La Plata.  When officers arrived they located the suspect deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  At this time, the motive has not been established and detectives are continuing their investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501.

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