Another Pr. George's killing; no arrests yet
Thursday, January 6, 2011; 12:30 AM
Four people were shot, one fatally, Tuesday night in Hillcrest Heights during a drug-related robbery attempt. And on Wednesday night, a man was found slain in an Oxon Hill area apartment building, in Prince George's County's sixth killing in the first five days of the year, authorities said.
Police had not made any arrests in the killings, but they said earlier Wednesday that residents had little to fear. Most of the crimes indicate a "drug nexus," authorities said, and most are thought to be isolated incidents in which the victims were targeted by people they knew.
"These homicides do not appear to be random acts," interim Prince George's Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a news conference Wednesday. "I expect this cycle of violence to be stopped."
In Wednesday night's killing, a resident called 911 shortly after 9 p.m. when he saw a man bleeding in the hallway of a building in the 1300 block of Southview Drive, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman.
A law enforcement source said the man was shot in the chest and head. The source said neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 7:30 p.m., meaning that the man may have been there bleeding for more than 90 minutes.
"Right now it's just way too early to say if this [slaying] may be related to the others or not," said Maj. Andrew Ellis, the police department's public affairs commander. He added that of the previous five slayings, police believe that two were related.
About 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a duplex at 27th Avenue and Norcross Street on a report of a shooting, Ellis said.
Four people were found shot: Michael DeAngelo Layne, 19, of Temple Hills, who was pronounced dead at the scene; a 21-year-old Temple Hills man who was critically injured; and a 21-year-old Temple Hills man and an 18-year-old District man, both with minor injuries, Ellis said.
The surviving victims reported that the incident was an attempted robbery, although nothing was taken, authorities said. Magaw said investigators think that the crime was drug-related because of some of the victims' criminal histories.
Two law enforcement sources also said police recovered two types of shell casings at the scene; one of the sources said the casings were positioned in a way that indicated a shootout. Magaw and Ellis said police were seeking a lone gunman who approached the group. They were awaiting the results of ballistics tests.
Blood was still visible on the steps of the corner duplex Wednesday morning, a gruesome reminder to neighbors of what happened the night before.
The home, in a community of duplexes separated by chain-link fences, is well known to residents as a possible drug hangout. Large groups of young men frequently congregate on the front steps, talking loudly and smoking marijuana into the night, residents said.