By Alex DeMetrick

GRASONVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Three men attending a cookout on the Eastern Shore are shot and end up in the hospital.

Alex DeMetrick reports police are now looking for a shooter and a motive.

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Cemetery Road in Grasonville was filled with police and a night-long search for a man with a shotgun. Earlier, neighbors heard what they thought at first were firecrackers. Then:

“My son was in the kitchen and he said, ‘Dad, there’s some guy lying on the street across the road.’ And that’s when I knew it was gunfire. And I went out and he was just lying there moaning and groaning. And by that time someone had called 911,” said Michael Cook.

It happened in front of an abandoned trailer where people were holding a cookout.

“During this time, an unknown subject actually walked up with a shotgun, firing three shots, striking three of the individuals attending the cookout,” said Sheriff Gary Hofmann, Queen Anne’s County.

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The men, aged 24 to 31, were rushed to a nearby hospital. At least two were later transported to Shock Trauma.

Queen Anne’s County deputies spent the day back on Cemetery Road searching for evidence and canvassing the neighborhood. Detectives have talked to the victims, but police will not reveal if they know what sparked the attack or who the shooter is.

“The suspect is still unknown and at large right now. However, we are receiving tips on who the suspect might be,” Hofmann said.

Neighbors say, in the past, there were drugs and gang activity. It all quieted down after a number of arrests were made.

“And so this is just a recent outbreak of times of the past where it was bad. And just when you think things are turning around, something like this happens,” said Cook.

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The three shooting victims are said to have non-life threatening injuries.