MARYLAND

Fatal shooting: One man was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting last night outside a Capitol Heights apartment building, Prince George's County police said.

Cpl. Joe Merkel, a police spokesman, said one man was found shot to death in a parking lot in the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road about 10 p.m. He said the wounded man drove himself to a nearby firehouse, where he was treated before being taken to a hospital.

The name of the man who died was not immediately released. Merkel said late last night that the motive was unclear and that no arrest had been made.

Beating death: Several of the seven suspects in the beating death of a Silver Spring teenager are affiliated with a street gang that calls itself TRG, for Tiny Rascals Gang, Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler said yesterday.

The fatal June 4 attack on Malik McCoy, 16, was not prompted by a gang dispute, Gansler said, and police do not consider McCoy's death to be gang-related. But several suspects are members or aspiring members of the gang, he said.

THE DISTRICT

Life sentence: Bryan Bostick, 34, an enforcer for a violent District street gang, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Along with other members of the 1-5 Mob, Bostick was convicted in October 2001 on drug, murder and attempted murder charges, and he pleaded guilty in February to joining in a related conspiracy. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth.

According to evidence provided at trial, the 1-5 Mob was responsible for the distribution of more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine and heroin and the slayings of more than 20 people from 1985 to 1998. Bostick was found responsible for the December 1993 murder of 14-year-old Velonte Smith and her 19-year-old college student brother, Rodney Smith, two innocent bystanders on Martin Luther King Avenue SE. He also was convicted in the August 1996 murder of Joseph Jones.

Hearing postponed: A preliminary hearing for two men charged with first-degree murder in the May 3 killing of 8-year-old Chelsea Cromartie was postponed again yesterday.

Attorneys for brothers Raashed and Ricardo Hall asked for the delay, which was granted by D.C. Superior Court Judge Ann O'Regan Keary. The twice-delayed hearing, rescheduled for July 22, is to provide the first opportunity for defense lawyers to explore in open court the evidence against their clients.

Investigators believe Chelsea and her aunt were struck by errant bullets fired by Raashed Hall when he allegedly shot at two people who had been present at an altercation earlier that evening at a nearby carryout restaurant. The bullets pierced the aunt's living room window on 52nd Street NE. She was wounded in the shoulder.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.