One dead in assault at Easton YMCA

Easton Police Chief David Spencer updates reporters about the deadly assault on June 6 at the Easton Family YMCA at Peachblossom.

EASTON — One person is dead and another injured in a June 6 assault at the Easton Family YMCA at Peachblossom, and the facility is closed as police investigate.

The injured person is a "person of interest," according to Easton Police Chief David Spencer. 

According to Spencer, officers were called to "a fight or some type of incident" at about 7:30 a.m. "Upon arrival, officers found two people who were obviously in some type of medical distress."

Paramedics were called and both people were taken to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton where one died. The hospital has not released the condition of the other person. 

Shore News Beacon, a Facebook page that monitors emergency communications and posts about accidents, fires and police activities, reported in a Facebook post that police and emergency medical services were called to the YMCA for a reported traumatic injury-assault.

"Reported assault one patient with lacerations, tourniquet was applied to patient who then went into trauma arrest," the Shore News Beacon posted. The other person reportedly had a seizure.

Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Joe Gamble, troopers from Maryland State Police Easton Barrack, personnel from Talbot County Emergency Medical Services and volunteers from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

The YMCA is located at 202 Peachblossom Road in Easton, across the street from Easton Middle School.

The middle school did not initiate a lockdown because "there was no indication that extra security measures needed to be taken," Debbie Gardner, a spokesman for Talbot County Public Schools, said.

"Due to an incident that occurred at the Easton Family YMCA we are currently closed and cooperating with the local law enforcement officials," the Y posted on its Facebook page about 9 a.m.

In a subsequent Facebook post, the Y wrote:

"A terrible tragedy occurred at the Easton Family YMCA this morning. There is an ongoing police investigation so we are limited in what we can say. Our staff team is currently with crisis counselors and are deeply saddened by today's events. Please keep those involved in your prayers. The Y is the front porch of this community and will continue to be. We will remain closed today and as soon as we can provide more information we will."

One commenter lauded the YMCA staff for their response.

"I was there I wanted to give a shout out to the YMCA staff very professional and knew what to do," she wrote. "They all remained calm and attentive to the clients. 5 stars A+ rating."

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