Man charged with murder in Maryland birthday party shooting that killed 3, including father and son

A Maryland man has been charged with murder after a shooting at a birthday party on Sunday night left three people dead – including a father and son – and three others injured.

Charles Robert Smith, 45, has been charged with three counts of second degree murder, three counts of first degree assault and three counts of attempted murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, Annapolis Police Chief Edward Jackson said Monday. .

He is being held without bail at Jennifer Road Detention Centre. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police respond to a shooting at a home in Annapolis, Maryland on June 11, 2023. (Brian Witte/AP)

Police respond to a shooting at a home in Annapolis, Maryland on June 11, 2023. (Brian Witte/AP)

Smith, who is white, lived in the block of 1000 Paddington Place in Annapolis where the shooting took place, Jackson said.

Police were called to the area at 7.50pm on Sunday to a report of a mass shooting and found three victims dead and three injured.

Three Hispanic men were killed: Nicholas Mireles, 55, of Odenton; his son Mario Antonio Mireles Ruiz, 27, of Annapolis; and Christian Marlon Segovia, 25, of Severn, officials said on Monday.

Two of the injured were airlifted to a local hospital and another was taken by ambulance. All three were in stable condition Monday afternoon, Jackson said.

Some of the victims lived in the neighborhood of the shooting and others lived in the area, Jackson said.

Annapolis police say there was a birthday party when shots were fired. Jackson said when he arrived, 150 to 200 people were there.

Smith was not attending the party, police said.

Two weapons were recovered from the scene: a long handgun and a semi-automatic handgun, according to the police chief.

Police speculated on Sunday there may have been an exchange of gunfire, but Jackson said Monday officials could not say for sure and the matter was being investigated .

“The only thing we know is that the person we have in custody shot,” Jackson said.

Reporters asked at the press conference if the shooting happened after an argument in a parking space. Jackson acknowledged hearing such accounts but cited the ongoing investigation.

Officials have previously said the shooting was not random and Jackson stressed the shooting was an isolated incident.

It is unclear what prompted the shooting. Jackson said they are still investigating and have a search warrant for the suspect’s home. Authorities will also examine whether the violence was possibly motivated by hatred.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are participating in the investigation.

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