Prince George's County police identified three suspects yesterday whom they are seeking in connection with what investigators have described as the drug-related slayings of five persons Jan. 22 at a Landover apartment.
Arrest warrants obtained by police yesterday accused the three men, all residents of Brooklyn, N.Y., of five counts of first-degree murder.
Police identified them as Karl Dunstrom, 27, nicknamed "Fabulous"; Steve McMillan, 24, also known as "Brown Man," and Kirk Bruce, 25. All have addresses in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"We have enough information to apply for arrest warrants," said a police spokesman, Capt. Howard S. Blake.
In a statement released last night, county police said they had obtained photographs of the three men "from other jurisdictions."
A police spokeswoman, Carol Landrum, said the charging of the men was a result of "a combination of a lot of stuff."
The warrants were drawn up in the deaths of four men and a woman, each shot in the chest and head, at the Village in the Woods apartments, 2320 Brightseat Rd., near Landover Mall.
A sixth person, a woman wounded in the neck, was found outside the apartment and said there were other victims as she was being taken to the hospital.
The woman, who has not been identified, has been released from Prince George's Hospital Center but remains under police protection.
The police statement said the woman is cooperating with investigators.
Four of the people shot and killed at the Landover complex last month were from New York and one had a Landover address.
Investigators also said the victims were at least indirectly involved in drug trafficking.
Some of the victims, sources said, were members of loosely organized groups active in the East Coast drug trade since the early 1980s.
The victims were identified as Richard Alexander Williams, 30; Leonard Francis, 35; Lloyd G. (Donnie) Chambers, 34; Charlene Cassandra Hamilton, 20, and Everton Mitchell, 21.
Police have been hampered in their investigation of the shooting by the difficulty of making identifications.
Investigators took nearly a week to get positive identifications of the slaying victims, spending much time following a trail of fake names, ages and addresses.
County police were helped by D.C. police in identifying the victims, police sources have said.
D.C. police recognized three of the victims as having been arrested after a raid in August on a suspected drug trafficking group.