CAMBRIDGE – Maryland State Police (MSP), with assistance from the Cambridge Police Department, are investigating a shooting on Thursday in which one person died and another was injured in Dorchester County.
A statement issued Friday by the MSP said that shortly before 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, officers from the Cambridge City Police Department responded to the 900 block of Camelia Street for a reported shooting involving multiple victims. According to a preliminary investigation, officers located two male victims at the scene, both of whom had been shot.
One of those victims, Ja’Len Woolford, 16, of Cambridge, was declared deceased at the scene. The other victim, a 15-year-old male, was transported by ambulance to Dorchester General Hospital before being flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries.
The Cambridge Police Department requested that the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit take over the investigation. No other injuries or fatalities were reported as a result of this shooting. According to a preliminary investigation, the shooting does not appear to be random and the victims may have been targeted.
The incident follows other recent shootings, that have left the city grieving for multiple victims. Local artist Miriam Moran posted online, “Heavy hearts this morning in our community and the sad part is that this isn’t the first time.”
Ms. Moran works with the Boys and Girls Club that opened this summer in the neighborhood where the shootings occurred.
“To those male leaders in our community who want to make a difference in a teen’s life and truly help our teens: Send me your resume at email@example.com if you want to be a part of the solution. Let’s help our youth not by words but in action.”
Another group scheduled their own response for Friday at 6 p.m. at 601 Chesapeake Court in Cambridge, where a Community Peace Rally was scheduled. “Attention to all residents, parents and youth, help bring peace to our Cambridge streets,” an announcement from organizers said. “If it takes a village, then let’s start building one. The community needs to step up.”
No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Maryland State Police at 410-749-3101 Ext. 140. Callers may remain anonymous.
The incident remains under investigation.