UPDATE: Indian Head Man Kills Self After Killing Mother and Father In-Law and Shooting 11-Year-Old Child

August 3, 2019

8/3/2019 @ 10:50 a.m.: On August 2, 2019, at approximately 11:07 p.m., officers responded to the 6500 block of Bensville Road in Pomfret for the report of a shooting.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect, Mark McKinley Hughes, Jr., 42 of Indian Head, went to the residence and shot and killed Vickie Danita Pickeral, 54, and Gregory Bruce Pickeral, 53, who are his in-laws and the grandparents of his children.

Sometime following the shooting, relatives arrived at the residence and the suspect shot at this vehicle injuring an 11-year-old boy.  The child fled the scene and was later treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The woman in the vehicle was injured but was not struck by gunfire.

The suspect fled the scene and the vehicle he was driving was reportedly involved in a single vehicle accident in La Plata.  When officers arrived they located the suspect deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At this time, the motive has not been established and detectives are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501.

8/3/2019 @ 4:00 a.m.: On Friday, August 2, 2019, at approximately 11:10 p.m., Police in Charles County responded to Bensville Road, in Pomfret for the report of a fatal shooting.

The caller stated their brother killed both parents and left the scene in a white Toyota Rav4.

An 11-year-old was on the scene of the shooting and he ran into the woods, he was later located at the White Plains Dash In, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The child was reported to be conscious alert and breathing, with a tourniquet applied to his wound. He was later flown to an area trauma center for injuries.

The 11-year-old victim told police he was with his aunt when she was shot at.

The female had an injury to her head, it is unknown at this time how severe her injuries were.

A white Toyota Rav4 occupied by the 46-year-old male shooter was located after crashing on Port Tabacco Road.

The driver of the Rav4 was pronounced deceased at the crash scene.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

19 Responses to UPDATE: Indian Head Man Kills Self After Killing Mother and Father In-Law and Shooting 11-Year-Old Child

  1. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 6:16 am

    What has this world come to?
    I hope the child and his aunt make a full recovery.

  2. Cat on August 3, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Unbelievable..I’m so sad for my family right now.

    • Elder on August 3, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      The victims were very fine people. I am shocked and sad.

    • Anonymous on August 9, 2019 3:36 P.M. on August 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      So sorry for your loss God bless you and your family

  3. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

    It is not just western charles, lived here all of my 50+ years and love it. Maryland itself, in large part, has horrible issues that we can only change by working together and actually punishing those that commit crimes. We have got to do a better job of helping those that need it, and discipling those that don’t want it in an effort to protect the innocent. Regarding our western section, waldorf isn’t much better than the cess pools found to our north. May the Father bless those involved, especially that poor child who was shot and had to run for his life. We should all be ashamed.

    • Wiggy on August 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      It’s a shame this post doesn’t make sense.

  4. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Please everyone pray for all individuals involved including the shooter and his family. Mental illness can effect anyone and the en of result can be tragic.

  5. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    This is really sad to read this. This could have happened to anyone of us. My prayers to the families.

  6. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Sad entire area is Gone, Sad , They need more then Prayers,

  7. Anonymous on August 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Greg and vicki were wonderful people so sad

  8. Dean May on August 3, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    That is horrible.Greg,Vicki and I go back to middle school if not earlier”They will be missed!” pls keep up w/ funeral arrangements for those of us that aren’t in So, Md> any longer Thanks Dean May

  9. Sheeba on August 4, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This is such a sad and tragic story. My heart goes out to all involved. I only knew Mark out of this story and I knew him as a hardworking, ambitious, and respectful young man. I’m sure the story behind what has happened is just as heart wrenching.

  10. Tracy young on August 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    All I can say is just pray for the family

  11. So tired of hearing it... on August 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Please shut up with your hollow flippin “prayers to the family”

    Sounds like a toast made before dinner.

    If that is as serious as your compassion flows – KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.

    You haven’t bent a knee in your adult life and you expect people to think you are so caring.

    • TB on August 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      Who made you the monitor of how people should express their empathy and compassion towards others in public? You have no idea what others do in the privacy of their homes, you most definitely are not the reader of hearts and nor the hearer of prayers that are said in private. If you do not like it why criticize them? HELP THEM INSTEAD by leading by example. Ignorance begets ignorance.

    • Anonymous on August 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      How the F would you know? You’re an idiot. People like you are what’s wrong with this country.

  12. Friend on August 6, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I only knew Mark and could not imagine something like this. I’ve heard about the In laws through mutual friends and from my understanding they were great people as well. This story is so traumatizing being as though the young boy witnessed his father commit such a henious crime

  13. TB on August 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Who made you the monitor of how people should express their empathy and compassion towards others in public? You have no idea what others do in the privacy of their homes, you most definitely are not the reader of hearts and nor the hearer of prayers that are said in private. If you do not like it why criticize them? HELP THEM INSTEAD by leading by example. Ignorance begets ignorance.

  14. JB on August 7, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Sending heart felt prayers out to the entire Pickeral and Proctor family. I’m just lost for words, no one should ever have to go through such horrifying evilness and disparity. May God Bless you all. R.I.Paridise Greg and Vicky.