Man shot near playground identified

Police have identified the man shot and killed near a playground in the Hillcrest Heights area Thursday as 23-year-old Adrian J. Perry, authorities said Friday.

Homicide detectives are still searching for a suspect and motive in the case, but a law enforcement source said investigators believe Perry, of Upper Marlboro, was targeted specifically. He was shot about 3:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of 23rd Parkway and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later, authorities said.

Witnesses said Perry was shot in between two apartment buildings in the complex, and he stumbled toward the playground before collapsing. They said a group of children on the playground scattered after hearing what sounded like three or four shots.

Efforts to reach Perry’s family members were not immediately successful.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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