Two arrested, third suspect wanted on attempted murder and related charges

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Police have made two arrests and say a third suspect remains at large in connection with an assault incident in late October.

We’re told the incident happened at around 1:40 a.m. on October 23rd, at Guido’s Burritos on S. Salisbury Boulevard. Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot, and on arrival found multiple vehicles damaged by gunfire. Officers were also called to respond to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional to meet with a 25-year-old victim who sustained a non-life threatening injury after being shot during the incident.

The investigation revealed that while the victim was in the Guido’s Burritos parking lot, he got into a verbal altercation with three male suspects, one of which allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and began firing shots at the victim. The suspects then got into a vehicle and fled the scene.

During the course of the investigation, police were able to identify the three suspects in this incident as 23-year-old Anton Fooks, 21-year-old Jy’hovah Ballard, and 24-year-old Markell Purnell.

Fooks was located at a residence in the 300 block of Prince Street on October 27th and was arrested without incident. On November 17th, officers located Ballard at a residence in the 700 block of Dennis Street and took him into custody. Purnell remains wanted at this time.

Fooks and Ballard have each been charged with first and second degree assault, attempted first and second degree murder, reckless endangerment, firearm use in a violent crime, handgun on person, handgun in vehicle, malicious destruction of property, and conspiracy. Purnell is wanted on the same charges.

Anyone with information on Purnell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Salisbury PD at 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of Purnell.