NJ Man Sentenced for 2017 Shooting in Salisbury


Image courtesy Wicomico County States Attorney

A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison – with 17 ½ years in active incarceration – after a shooting incident in October of 2017 at a party at the VFW in Salisbury. Officials say 38 year old Jerry Hamilton pleaded guilty to one count of attempted 2nd degree murder.

Officials say that in the early morning hours of October 21, 2017, Hamilton was attending a party at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post located at 821 West Main Street in Salisbury. As patrons left the building at closing time, Hamilton approached the victim in the street and fired one round at close range from a handgun which had been concealed in his waistband, striking the victim in the abdomen. Hamilton then fled the scene in a waiting automobile and ultimately absconded to New Jersey. Law enforcement, with the assistance of the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County, made arrangements in 2020 to return Hamilton to Wicomico County for trial.