Monday's shooting occurred in the vicinity of East Road and Rose Street on Salisbury's west side. (Photo: WBOC)
SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say an investigation into Monday morning's shooting on Salisbury's west side has revealed that the victim actually shot himself.
At around 8:27 a.m., the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office received a call indicating someone had been shot at the corner of Rose Street and East Road. When deputies arrived on the scene, they located a man who had been shot twice: in the leg and in the shoulder. The victim, identified as 20-year-old De'quan Bratten of Salisbury, was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation and detectives met with Bratten at PRMC. They also went to the scene of the shooting to gather additional evidence.
According to police, the detectives ultimately determined that Bratten had inflicted the two wounds to himself.
Police said the case remains open and charges are pending against Bratten. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the WBI at (410) 548-4898 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.
Initially, the Sheriff's Office had been looking for what were described as "multiple suspects" in the shooting. In addition, several schools in the general vicinity of the shooting were placed on a "Code Orange" lockdown as a precautionary measure: Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Choices Alternative, Pemberton Elementary, Salisbury Middle and West Salisbury Elementary.
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