Salisbury, MD – On March 15, 2023, after a two (2) day jury trial, Gary DuPont Jr., of Salisbury, Maryland, was convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Firearm Use in a Violent Crime, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, and related offenses. The Honorable Kathleen L. Beckstead, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, presided over the trial.
Sentencing was postponed to allow for a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed. DuPont will remain in custody pending sentencing.
On December 27, 2021, after a physical altercation involving several people in the Dollar General Store on North Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury, Maryland, Gary DuPont shot the female victim once in the abdomen as she attempted to take his photograph to give to law enforcement. DuPont then fled the scene, disposing of his handgun as he did so.
The victim underwent emergency surgery at Tidal Health Hospital and survived her wound. DuPont was arrested in early April 2022 by agents of the United States Marshals Service.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes said, “This victim is fortunate to be alive. Much thanks to the Salisbury Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services and medical and surgical staff at Tidal Health for saving her. Senseless gun violence can never be tolerated in a civil society.”
(SA) Jamie Dykes commended the members of the Salisbury Police Department for their work in the investigation, specifically thanking Detective P. Glynn for his hard work and diligence in working on the case. SA Dykes also commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney D. Scott Messersmith, who prosecuted the case.