Relative of one victim found three fatally shot in Capitol Heights apartment, police say

February 23

Three people found shot to death in a Capitol Heights apartment Saturday night were discovered by one of the victim’s family members, authorities said Sunday.

Prince George’s County police were still working to identify suspects and motives in the deaths of 38-year-old Ortiz Ola, 33-year-old Weldon Mason and 33-year-old Staci Taneesha White. Homicide detectives returned Sunday to the area where the three were found to talk to residents and look for leads.

Police were called to the Lexington Court Apartments about 5:30 p.m. Saturday after a relative of one of the victims went to check on a family member and discovered Ola, Mason and White dead, officials said.

It’s unclear when they were shot, said Julie Parker, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County police.

“Detectives are creating a timeline by talking with friends and family and working to establish how long that may have been,” Parker said.

Police have determined that Ola, who lived in the apartment complex, and Mason were friends, Parker said. Mason and White worked together in Laurel. But there are few details of the ties among the three beyond that.

“Preliminarily, there do not appear to be any prior calls for service at the victim’s apartment on Marlboro Pike,” police said in a statement Sunday.

Keisha Brown, who identified herself as a friend of Ola’s, said she was “heartbroken” to hear of his death.

Ola worked as a chef at a Georgetown restaurant and had a toddler son, she said.

“He was fun-loving, and he was a great father,” Brown said.

Relatives of Ola, Mason and White could not be reached for comment.

Pierre Johnson, 25, has lived in the apartment complex for about a year. He said the sound of gunfire is not unusual in the area — he heard gunfire two weeks ago — and he is not surprised no one called police.

“You’ll be known as the guy who called the police,” Johnson said. “You’ll be known.”

Police have not recovered the gun used in the killings, Parker said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 301-772-4925 or, to remain anonymous, 866-411-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $25,000 is available for information that could lead to an arrest and indictment.

The killings of Ola, Mason and White bring the number of homicides in the county this year to eight.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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