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Princess Anne Murder Victim May Not Have Been Target

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A Pokomoke woman shot and killed over the weekend in Princess Anne may not have been the shooter's target, according to Maryland State Police.

26-year-old Tawanda Blake was shot in the parking lot of the American Legion on Perryhawkins Road around 1:30 am Saturday morning, December 17. Jesse Copes, 26, was arrested at his home later that morning and charged in the murder. He was identified by witnesses at the scene and surveillance video, according to State Police.

A large group of people, including Blake, had gathered in the parking when Copes got into a confrontation with some individuals, according to court documents. After the scuffle, Copes fired three shots, one of which struck Blake in the head. She was the only one shot, and police said in a press release they do not yet know if she was Copes' target.   

During an interview, with Copes told investigators he was in the American Legion parking, but he did not implicate himself in the shooting, according to court documents. Copes did confirm he was being "held back" by an individual in the parking lot before the shooting.        
Copes is being held without bail on murder, assault, and firearms charges.

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