Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Cancels Carnival for Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, 2022

July 16, 2022

The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department has released the following statement over the shooting incident that occurred on Friday night, July 15, 2022.

“Due to an incident that occurred on Friday evening in our Parking Lot, the Carnival has been cancelled for Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th.

On Friday evening at approximately 11:00pm, as the Carnival ended and guests were leaving, a shooting occurred in the Upper Parking Lot of the Fire House. Two individuals were found suffering from gunshots wounds and were provided medical treatment immediately by Fire and EMS personnel on the scene. Both patients were transported to the hospital, one via MSP aviation and the second was ground transported by Hollywood EMS.

This incident is an on-going investigation by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information or any questions reference this incident, please contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.

Our Annual Carnival has been a part of our Fire Department for generations and is a staple to the Hollywood Community. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department membership takes great pride in the tradition of the annual carnival. We strive to provide a family-based, safe setting for all citizens to enjoy themselves. The department looks forward to the annual carnival for several reasons, most notably as a means to bring the community together and as a main source of funding as our largest fundraiser.

The incident that took place on Friday evening not only affected the members of our community, but our HVFD Members and their Families that were in attendance at the Carnival at the time of the incident.

We would like to express our sympathy to the entire community which has been affected by this tragedy. All media inquiries can be directed to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office of Public Information.

Additional information reference the Hollywood VFD Carnival will be forthcoming.”

Members of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the 16-year-old victim, and currently has a 19-year-old Lexington Park teen in custody who has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder.