Posted on October 19, 2020

Suspect Wanted in the Fatal Shooting of 7-Eleven Clerk in Waldorf

Jonathan Franklin et al., WUSA9, October 16, 2020

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted in the murder of a 7-Eleven clerk in Waldorf earlier this month.

Gregory DeShawn Collins, Jr., 22, of Waldorf, was identified as a suspect in the murder of 49-year-old Lynn Marie Maher.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Oct. 1 at the 7-Eleven on Middletown Road in Waldorf. Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Diane Richardson said the shooting happened within seconds of Collins entering the store and demanding money.

“He approached her, he produced a gun, it looked like she was complying and he shot her at that time,” Richardson said.

Several customers were inside the store when the shooting happened, according to Richardson.

Maher was a mother of three, and stepmother to a fourth, who was regarded as a friendly fixture that made the convenience store a community gathering place, according to her family.

Her husband, Travis Maher, talked about his wife’s tragic death Friday with WUSA9.


“I just want to know why,” Travis Maher said. “Why, when my wife was willing to give you everything and put her hands up and just say you got it, you got everything, and then still to take her life. A mother, a wife, a daughter, sister. It’s just, just wanting to know why, that’s the biggest thing.”

Travis Maher said he has been in communication with the Charles County detectives who are working the case. He said detectives told him that U.S. Marshalls and the FBI were also involved.