UPDATE: During the course of the investigation by detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Nikko Muhammad Mason Coates, age 19 of Mechanicsville, was identified as the suspect responsible for the shooting.
Investigation determined on June 12, 2020 the victim confronted Coates about property that Coates had stolen. During the confrontation, Coates shot the victim in the abdomen and fled the scene. On June 24, 2020, Coates was located in Lexington Park and arrested. Coates was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and charged with the following:
Attempted 1st Degree Murder
Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
Handgun in Vehicle
Firearm Use/Violent Crime
Assault 1st Degree
Assault 2nd Degree
Coates remains incarcerated at the detention center on a no-bond status.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension 71953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
Original Release: On June 12, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23000 block of Sugar Maple Court in California, for the reported shooting. A male victim, age 19 of Mechanicsville, was located on scene and determined to have sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported via helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment.
Anyone in the area at the time of the shooting, or anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *71953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
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