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Police: Searching for suspect after Easter Sunday homicide

Man wanted: Suspect in Easter Sunday homicide

SALISBURY, Md. - It's been over 24 hours since the Easter Sunday homicide that still has a neighborhood in Salisbury reeling over the tragedy. A man shooting and killing his estranged 30-year-old wife before fleeing the scene.

The suspected killer, Jameal Gould, is still on the loose and police are desperately trying to track him down. Meanwhile, as they search for the 35-year-old Salisbury man, the community is mourning the loss of one of their own. They're still trying to figure out how a day meant to be spent with family, turned into one that has now left 3 children without a mother.

 "There's three children in our community right now that do not have a mother," said Capt. Rich Kaiser, with the Salisbury Police Department.

"We were all sitting on the couch and then heard three gun shots," said one teenaged neighbor.

"I came home on Easter to crime scene. I wasn't here when it happened and I saw police tape all over my next door neighbor's yard," said Helen Young, a neighbor.

Sunday around 1:30 PM, chaos broke out on Aspen Drive in Salisbury. According to police, that's when Jameal Gould shot and killed his estranged wife, Erica Gould. Eyewitnesses telling 47 ABC, it all happened in front of the victim's three small children. 

"Mr. Gould forced his way into that residence, began searching for our victim and ultimately found her as she was hiding on the outside of a window on the roof. He allegedly fired multiple rounds striking her multiple times," said Kaiser.

On Monday, signs of the tragedy were still there. It's a situation that neighbors are still trying to understand, especially in a neighborhood they know to be safe and quiet.

"It's a pretty safe neighborhood. A lot of families live out here, a lot of kids people walking their dogs pushing their babies in strollers," said Young.

Despite the shock and heartache, this community says there were heroes that stepped in to help.

"The neighborhood kids were the real heroes in this as well as one of the neighborhood kid's mom. One boy was trying to follow the car down the street, trying to video tape him to get a picture of the car," said Young. 

47 ABC was also able to get a glimpse into the kind of person Erica was.

Friends say she put herself through school and worked two jobs all to give her children the best life she could. There's a lot of sadness in that community but also a focus on doing what they can to help police track down Jamael Gould. 

"We can't stress the importance of looking at the picture we've put out, getting a good idea of what he looks like and if you do see him please call us immediately do not try and take any action on your own," said Kaiser.

If you have any information or if you see Jameal Gould, contact 911 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

A candlelight vigil and balloon release will be held on Tuesday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Cypress Park, in Pocomoke City, MD. Organizers ask that you wear purple to honor victims of domestic violence and bring a candle to light in honor of the the victim.

47ABC will have more on tonight's event honoring the victim.

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Police are asking for the public's help in finding the man responsible for a homicide that happened on Easter Sunday.

Jameal Rashawn Gould is the person who allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife. The 35 year old is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, home invasion, 1st and 2nd degree assault and false imprisonment.

Capt. Rich Kaiser, with the Salisbury Police Department, says officials arrived at the 1000 block of Aspen Drive around 1:30 PM.

Investigators say the 30-year-old victim and Gould got into an argument earlier that day, on Sunday morning. Gould then forced his way into the home on Aspen Drive and started looking for the victim.

Police say she climbed out of an upstairs window and tried hiding on the roof. Investigators say Gould fired multiple shots and fled the scene. The victim was found on the roof with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was pronounced dead at  Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Sunday evening.

On April 1, an arrest warrant was obtained for Jameal Gould charging him with the murder. Detectives from the Capitol Area Regional Task Force along with Detectives from the Salisbury Police Department
are currently searching for Gould.

Gould is described as 6 feet tall and weighing around 195 lbs.

This is an on-going investigation and detectives are requesting anyone with information, as to this incident or the whereabouts of Jameal Gould, to contact the Salisbury Police Department 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Previous Version:

Salisbury Police are reportedly searching for the suspect responsible for a homicide, that happened on Aspen Drive.

According to Capt. Rich Kaiser, the incident happened Sunday afternoon and the victim was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, investigators are working to track down the suspect. Neither the name of the victim or the suspect has been released yet. Officials have not yet identified a motive.

This article will continue to be updated as 47 ABC learns more.


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