Police seek clues to Salisbury man’s murder

No one has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s shooting death of a Salisbury man, but state and local police are working around the clock to identify and apprehend those responsible.

The victim, James L. H. Skinner, 20, of Bryn Mawr Avenue, was found lying in the doorway of his residence shortly after 3:30 a.m., when police responded to an emergency call at the home.

An autopsy conducted Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined the cause of death was a gunshot and the manner of death was homicide.

Investigators have learned Skinner had been living at the address for the past two months.  The homeowner is reportedly a friend of his family, who lives there with her two sons and one daughter, all teenagers.

The investigation indicates Skinner, the homeowner and her daughter were in the residence when multiple persons entered the home. Investigators have not located evidence of a forced entry.

Evidence indicates one or more of the suspects was armed. Some type of confrontation occurred between the victim and the suspects, during which he was fatally wounded.

The homeowner was not injured and, when she found the victim, called police.

Police said no motive has been determined and investigators continue to interview associates and friends of the victim.

Forensic evidence has been forwarded to the Maryland State Police crime laboratory for examination and analysis.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Easter Shore immediately at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

The investigation is continuing.

As your community newspaper, we are committed to making Salisbury a better place. You can help support our mission by making a voluntary contribution to the newspaper.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment