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Ocean City Shooting Suspects In Custody

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - On June 29, 2013, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Ocean City Police officers were in the area of 18th Street and Coastal Highway when they heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from the area of 1801 Coastal Highway near Kingfish Road.  Officers responded to the area and located a male subject, whose name is not being released, who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 2:10 a.m. two males were in the pool at the Islander Motel, 2001 North Philadelphia Avenue, adjacent to the sidewalk, when another group of people walking by on the street engaged in a verbal exchange with the group in the pool.  The verbal exchange escalated when the group in the pool confronted the group on the street and an altercation occurred. During the altercation a male suspect, later identified as Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada, 21 of Reading, PA, produced a handgun and shot two victims.

One was struck, and later found in the parking lot of Holy Savior Catholic Church on Philadelphia Avenue.

He was treated at the scene and taken to PRMC with non-life threatening injuries, where he is currently recovering.  Police then discovered a bullet was shot through the pant leg of the second victim, but it just missed him.

Police immediately began a search of the area for the suspects.  Officers initially located one suspect, who was identified as Carwin Duarte, 19, of Reading, PA, near the shooting scene on Dolphin Lane.  Officers then spotted Mendez-Espada hiding in shrubs in the near-by Marlin Drive area. He was later located in the water under a boat dock at a private residence on Marlin Drive.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

This incident comes just weeks after a man was stabbed multiple times during a boardwalk brawl involving thirty people near 49th street, and three others were stabbed a week later during an incident near 119th street.

"It's certainly the exception and not the rule," says Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan, "these things can happen anywhere and we certainly do our best to limit those types of activities.  I think we do a real good job of doing that."

Vacationers in the beach town say these incidents don't surprise them, but it won't keep them from coming to Ocean City.

"I don't think it would stop me.  It's unfortunate to  hear that it's going on, you know," says Brown.

The OCPD is still investigating the incident. OCPD Forensic Services Unit and the Ocean City Dive Team are also assisting with the recovery of evidence.  

Police have charged Mendez-Espada with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of first degree attempted murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.  Duarte has been charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and affray.  

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