UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect In Lexington Park Fatal Shooting

January 14, 2022 UPDATE: Latres Javontae Cockerham, age 23 of California, has been arrested in connection with the shooting and murder and charged with the following:

Murder First Degree
Murder Second Degree
Attempted First Degree Murder (5 counts)
Attempted Second Degree Murder (5 counts)
Numerous Handgun Charges and Assault Charges

UPDATE - The deceased victim has been identified as Joseph James Oakes, age 19 of Lexington Park. The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs.

(victim) Joseph James Oakes, 19

UPDATE: On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 3:21 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21400 block of Pegg Road, in the area of Westbury Boulevard in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting. Deputies arrived on scene and located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

Lifesaving measures were attempted, but a 19-year-old victim from Lexington Park, was pronounced deceased on scene. A 17-year-old victim, also from Lexington Park, was flown to an area trauma center for treatment. Detectives and crime lab personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined the victims were traveling in a vehicle in the area of Pegg Road and Watt Drive in Lexington Park when they were shot. The vehicle continued onto Westbury Boulevard and ultimately came to a rest after striking the median.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Taylore Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension 78109.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - Today, at approximately 3:22 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the shooting and motor vehicle accident in the area of Westbury Community Center in the block of 46000 Warwick Drive.

Crews arrived on the scene to find two subjects laying near the crashed vehicle off the roadway. Reporting one patient with CPR in progress and a second patient with a gunshot wound in the upper arm area. CPR started at 3:28 p.m., and continued for 30 minutes. The patient was reported deceased at 3:58 p.m.

At 4:05 p.m., crews reported a third shooting victim with a gunshot wound in the upper leg area.

MEDEVAC has been requested. Landing zone has been established at the intersection of Pegg Road and West Westbury Blvd.  MSP Trooper 7 Landed at 3:51 p.m., to transport second patient to a local trauma center.

Fire Department command terminated at 4:15 p.m., police and detectives remain on the scene to begin their investigation.

Expect numerous roads closed in the area. Use caution in the area, and stay alert for emergency vehicles.

This is a developing story. We will continue to provide any additional updates that we receive.

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