The Delaware State Police arrested two Maryland men early Saturday morning, after an altercation in the parking lot of Selbyville’s Pomeroy’s night club led to gunfire and a stabbing that sent a Berlin, Md., man to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police said the incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on March 17, after an altercation inside Pomeroy’s led the club owner to close the club and the crowd continued to gather outside, where, they said, the altercation escalated into a large fight.
According to the DSP, Marcus Purnell, 22, of Snow Hill, Md., allegedly produced a knife and began stabbing the 22-year-old victim several times. Police said Azam Purnell, 21, also of Snow Hill, allegedly produced a handgun and struck other patrons and fired off numerous rounds as he attempted to flee.
State police reported that both suspects were able to make it to their vehicle and fled shortly before officers arrived on the scene. The officers said they were alerted to a dark-colored SUV having left the area, possibly with the suspects inside. Police stopped the SUV just south of Pomeroy’s and placed five male occupants in custody.
According to the DSP, during an initial search of the vehicle, a handgun was located where Marcus Purnell was seated. A computer check on the gun, they said, revealed it to have been reported stolen from a location in Maryland. After obtaining a search warrant on the vehicle, police also recovered a large hunting knife.
The victim was initially taken by a personal vehicle to Atlantic General Hospital and was later transferred Peninsula Regional Medical Center due to the seriousness of his injuries, police reported.
Marcus Purnell was charged with Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Receiving Stolen Property. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $176,000 cash bail.
Azam Purnell was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Receiving a Stolen Firearm and Disorderly Conduct. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $6,500 secured bail.
No other injuries were reported from the incident. The three other passengers in the SUV were released without charges.