Annapolis, Md (Arundel.News & AAFA)- Police are providing limited information on a story reported by Anne Arundel First Alert as it unfolded Thursday afternoon, in downtown Annapolis. Annapolis Police are confirming initial reporting by AAFA, that a man was pronounced dead following 911 calls for a shooting. Although police aren’t offering many details on the case, they do believe witnesses may be able to provide key clues about the person who shot Raphael Hilton Johnson Jr. in the back of the head. Johnson was found deceased in the 100 block of Obery Court around 5:15 p.m. on 3/2/23. The victim’s hometown and age were not shared by police who are actively investigating this case to include reviewing CCTV footage of the area around the time of the shooting.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Annapolis Police at 410-260-3439. You may remain anonymous and could qualify for a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest or indictment in the case.

Obery Court is located blocks from where the mother of a midshipman was killed last year, when a single shot struck her in the head as she sat on an outside terrace in June of 2021.

Read the official press release from Annapolis Police below:

“Update to Fatal Shooting Reported in Annapolis

On March 2nd at approximately 5:15pm, officers responded to the 100 block of Obery Court for a report of a shooting.  Officers arrived and located an African American male victim, later identified as Mr. Raphael Hilton Johnson Jr., suffering from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

The Annapolis Fire Department arrived at the scene, where they pronounced Mr. Johnson deceased at approximately 5:26pm. 

CCTV footage from the community was later observed by Annapolis Police Detectives. 

Detectives are investigating this incident. This is an active and fluid investigation and we urge anyone with information about this incident to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. You can also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP and submit an anonymous tip.  If your tip leads to an arrest or indictment you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.  

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland is an organization separate from the Annapolis Police Department. When you phone in or submit your Annapolis crime tip online or through the P3 Tips smartphone app Metro Crime Stoppers receives your tip anonymously and only forwards your tip information to the Annapolis Police Department. No identifying information is ever forwarded to us. Metro Crime Stoppers uses a special coding system to protect your identity, they do not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. If your tip leads to the arrest or indictment of a person for a felony you could qualify for up to a $2,000 cash reward from Metro Crime Stoppers. You can submit a tip by calling 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587), visiting, or through the P3 Tips smartphone app. The app can be found in the Apple or Android app stores by searching for P3 Tips.

You can also call a tip into us directly at 410-280-CLUE (2583).”

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