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Police were on the scene overnight Thursday into Friday for a homicide in Pocomoke City, Md. (Photo: WBOC) Police were on the scene overnight Thursday into Friday for a homicide in Pocomoke City, Md. (Photo: WBOC)
Crime scene taped up around the scene of the crime in Pocomoke City on Friday morning (Photo: WBOC) Crime scene taped up around the scene of the crime in Pocomoke City on Friday morning (Photo: WBOC)
Police were called to the scene in the area of 4th and Market Streets in Pocomoke City for a reported homicide Thursday night. (Photo: WBOC) Police were called to the scene in the area of 4th and Market Streets in Pocomoke City for a reported homicide Thursday night. (Photo: WBOC)

POCOMOKE CITY, Md.(WBOC/AP) - Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in Pocomoke City Thursday night as a homicide.

Pocomoke City Police have identified the victim as James Allen Jr, 26, of Pitts Circle in Pocomoke City.

Police said officers responded to the area of 4th and Market streets around 10:30 p.m. Thursday after a motorist called 911 saying a man had staggered across the road and collapsed in the middle of the street.

Investigators say Allen appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was shot near 4th Street and Oxford Street and managed to walk about two blocks to 4th and Market where he collapsed. 

At least one neighbor heard the gunshots. "Cops came to our door asked if we heard anything, and I said 'Yeah, I heard four solid pops,' and that was the end of it. He said everyone had to stay in their house for the night," said Christopher Van Epps, who lives a few houses down from where the shooting occurred.    

Police say investigators have interviewed witnesses and residents in the area. Police would not say Friday afternoon whether they have any suspects, or if Allen may have have known the shooter.

 "This wasn't random. There is no indication of that. It wasn't a gang initiation or anything, so the public can rest easy knowing that," said Lt. Scott Cook, Maryland State Police 

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit or to call Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

Officers from Pocomoke City, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police, as well as members from the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

  

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