Two shot, one fatally, in Forestville area

Two people were shot, one of them fatally, in the parking lot of a Forestville area shopping center Tuesday night, Prince George’s County police said.

Authorities were called for the sound of gunshots, after a wounded female victim ran into a store for help at the Penn Forest Shopping Center about 8:10 p.m., said Cpl. Evan Baxter, a spokesman. Police officers responded to the scene in the 3300 block of Walters Lane and found a male dead at the scene. Both victims appeared to be adults, but police had not confirmed their identities.

The woman was taken to a hospital with wounds that were not believed to be life threatening.

Police were not sure of a motive in the shootings.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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