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Aberdeen Man Kills Self Near Tydings Park Playground

The victim, 46, shot himself in his pickup truck in Yacht Basin parking lot.

UPDATE (10:25 p.m.)——An Aberdeen man fatally shot himself in just after 6 p.m. Friday as people gathered for a nearby .

Aberdeen and Havre de Grace police negotiated with James Dean McCreary, 46, of the 200 block of Parke Street for about 20 minutes before he killed himself. The victim raised a gun to his chin multiple times while officers attempted to dissuade him from pulling the trigger, Havre de Grace Police Department spokesman PFC Jeff Gilpin said.

At 6:11 p.m., McCreary fired a single bullet into his chest. He was transported by the to , where he was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m., Gilpin said.

The incident took place in the parking lot of the Yacht Basin, near the steps that lead up a hill to one of the city’s most popular playgrounds. Many residents had already sat atop the hill awaiting a 7:30 p.m. concert at the park gazebo.

An area surrounding a pickup truck was roped off with police tape.

At 5:43 p.m., Aberdeen police issued a county-wide “be-on-the-lookout” alert for an armed suicidal or homicidal individual driving a grey Ford pickup truck.

By tracking cell phone signals, Aberdeen police guided Havre de Grace police to the Yacht Basin parking lot. At 5:51 p.m., officers located the truck, initiated conversation and requested the ambulance corps for standby.

Police then established a perimeter, but struggled to clear onlookers from the area. Witnesses watched the events unfold from the hilltop park, the nearby and many of the boats in the Yacht Basin.

Many onlookers remained on the scene as police continued their investigation, and the went on as scheduled.

Andee Skaggs July 30, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Wow. This is a shock. Talk about reality check--this was way too close to home. Crystal, I'm sorry for your loss. I know that doesn't mean much, and I know that I would never be able to put myself into your shoes, but I am so sorry. I can't even imagine how painful this must be. Don't forget, always remember the good times you had with him--that will make all your memories just a bit sweeter.
Barbara Snyder July 30, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Dear Crystal, I truly hope you didn't learn of this through the media. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Tragedies strike many families. I hope you have friends and loved ones to carry you through these times.
LIH July 30, 2011 at 04:04 PM
My prayers are with you and your family Crystal.
Rolando July 30, 2011 at 07:09 PM
...and the concert went on as scheduled???
Dawn Zeller July 30, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Kasi and Crystal my heart hurts for you and your brothers, I pray that someday GOD will take your pain and turn it into something positive. I know God will take your Dad into to his arms and ease the pain he was in, I also know how very much he loved you. GOD BLESS YOUR HEARTS be strong I am here for you. Love Dawn
bernard Pressell Jr July 30, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Jim was more then just my friend he was like my brother and he was talking to my wife right before his end she tried so hard to stop him but he just didn't listen !!he was a good man we'll miss him very much sorry to see you go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jennifer Mulanax July 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Crystal My heart goes out to you and your family Your father was a wonderful man. Try and be strong sweetie....
Lisa Tate July 31, 2011 at 03:21 AM
To the family, I pray God give you grace and strength during this difficult time.My son, Matt played ball in Aberdeen and lived with Liz and Larry. You have wonderful family around you who loves you very much. Draw strength from one another. God bless you all. Lisa Tate, Bonifay, Fl
Tonya B. July 31, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Crystal...I am so so so so sorry, words can never express the saddness that we feel for you and your family right now! We will keep you and your family in our prayers, Jaycee is very upset for you, if you need a true friend please give her a call. We are again so sorry, just keep what good memories of him that you have fresh in your mind and smile when times get hard knowing he's looking down on you. Stay strong!
Paula Boyd July 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Crystal so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I'm praying for you and your family.
Karen green July 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. May memories of better times comfort you now. God Bless you and your family.
Alicia July 31, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Kassie & Crystal, My heart goes out to you and your family! <3 The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hands of God ♥
Clarence Weaver Sr. July 31, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Crystal, your dad was in the Army with me. I pray for comfort for your family. If you need me for anything, contact: ceweaver@aol.com
Crystal McCreary July 31, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I Dont Think My Dad was ever in the Army. His Dad Was.
Crystal McCreary July 31, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Thank You .
Crystal McCreary July 31, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Thank You.
Crystal McCreary July 31, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Thank you . Means Alot.
RegisBch August 01, 2011 at 04:01 AM
To the family - at his job he always smiled, said hi stopped to talk and got things done. I saw he worked hard and care for all of you with such love and care in his heart. The other day I saw him troubled and told me some bad news that was hurting him . He seemed happier to talk . I let him know he could work through this and there are people to help. As I came back today from a long weekend to hear this tragic tale. My heart and strength go to you in this time of loss. Be strong -Remember the good times with him. He seemed to be a good hard working man
Lynn Fowler August 03, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Jim McCreary was a special, hard working man that just couldn't say "no" to people who needed his help or services. I will remember him fondly. My (and many) prayers and thoughts are with Crystal, Yvonne and their family. A memorial service to celebrate Jims life & memory will be held this Saturday @ 1pm in Aberdeen - Press Toward the Mark Church - 131 S. Route 40 / located near the Aberdeen train station
Kathleen O'Brien August 03, 2011 at 11:54 PM
All of my comfort in your time of great loss to the McCreary family. Please keep foremost in your mind the love and happy times that you shared. God bless you all. Sending you prayers and good hope for the future.
Kathleen O'Brien August 04, 2011 at 12:00 AM
On another subject, who allowed the onlookers to keep watching? And who was so uncouth and insensitive to let the concert "go on as planned"?! I am appalled at the lack of respect this city shows to this family in their time of need. It's a tragedy for the family. This is about the family, their needs, and how we should have acted as a city and community. It is not an opportunity to play music for the public. Maybe a course in tact and etiquette should be required for the city government.
Jameson Hughes August 04, 2011 at 04:38 AM
There were not enough officers to clear off EVERY single person. There were about 7 officers on scene.
Kathleen O'Brien August 05, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I understand but - I think that is what 'back up' is for. Are there only seven policemen in the town? I've seen more police down the street when kids were racing their cars @ 65mph is all. I had 27 cars zoom down my street in under 10 minutes the 4th of July where they thought an officer was down. A man with a gun in close proximity to a park full of people and playground full of children - wouldn't that warrant officers from Aberdeen, State Police, the Sheriff's Office, and in a pinch - the Transportation Police? He was so close to all those people and the children, in such a state. I thought more forethought would have happened by those monitoring the situation. I'm just thinking out loud here.
Jameson Hughes August 06, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Keep in mind all this happened in just under 30 minutes. It was not the police department's call to continue with the festivities. Once the scene was cleaned up and finished, everything resumed as normal, as usual.
Melissa Willis October 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM
you might be thinking about my uncle stanley thats his dad
Crystal McCreary October 18, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Melissa are you my dads sister ? & yes his dad Stanley was in the army .
Crystal-Lynn McCreary December 24, 2011 at 03:47 AM
I still cant believe that hes gone, its been almost 5 months and everyday it gets harder and harder </3 Imiss him terribly
Annie McLhinney Cochran December 24, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Crystal he is always with you. The holidays are hard. Take comfort in your other family members and friends who love you. He is watching down on you every minute. He is your special angel. Happy memories today.
Crystal-Lynn McCreary July 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Here we are. Sunday will be One year since this all happened. I can't believe he's gone. I miss him everyday. and it still breaks my heart,
yvonne mccreary September 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
crystal it has been a long and stressful year but u anc ur sisster and brothers are strong u also had a lot of blessings this past year u became anunt twice i know ur dad is looking down and is so proud of u guys ur dad raised u to be a strong young lady we will all miss him very much r.i.p. jim love always ur wife

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