Ocean City Today

Beachgoer with gun guilty

Defendant apparently shot self in leg and then lost weapon
By Brian Gilliland | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: Brian Gilliland Ocean City Police Department officers closed a section of beach between 81st and 85th streets last June to search of a missing handgun, reported to be in the area by Ibrahima Diallo, who was just convicted in Circuit Court on changes related to the incident. The gun was not recovered.

(April 13, 2018) Ibrahima Diallo, 18, of Frederick, Maryland was convicted by a jury on several handgun charges earlier this week after he injured himself with the weapon on Ocean City’s beach in June 2017.

He was convicted of handgun possession, weapon possession by a minor and illegally possessing a firearm plus ammunition after being disqualified. Several other charges were not pursued by prosecutors.

Circuit Court Judge Brian Shockley ordered a presentencing investigation into Diallo, and no sentencing date has been set.

Around 12:30 a.m. on June 9, 2017, Diallo apparently accidentally shot himself on the beach between 81st and 85th streets and then discarded the gun, Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said at the time of the incident.

Diallo was then taken to the 75th Street Medical Center for treatment, and police later arrived on a report of a gunshot wound victim. Ocean City Emergency Medical Services later took Diallo to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Initially, according to prosecutors, Diallo informed the Ocean City Police Department that an unknown individual had shot him. He later retracted that statement, and offered a written statement admitting to shooting himself, and losing the handgun somewhere on the beach.

As a result, the Ocean City Police Department closed a section of beach and, with the help of the Public Works Department, searched the area for the handgun but never found it.

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