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Officers in the area heard gunshots

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday.

At about 8:45 p.m., sheriff’s officers were patrolling the area of Charles Street in La Plata when they heard multiple gunshots.

Officers found Martin Hawkins, 32, of La Plata lying in the roadway near the 200 block of Kent Avenue, police reported.

Hawkins was pronounced dead on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 301-932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS or text CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES or go to submit a web tip.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.