An Aug. 30 article incorrectly reported the location of a homicide in Prince George's County. The homicide occurred in the 10000 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park, not in Beltsville. (Published 9/3/04)
One man was killed and another critically injured yesterday in a double shooting that left their car riddled with bullets before it crashed into a Beltsville hotel, police said.
That incident and a fatal shooting hours earlier pushed to four the number of people killed in Prince George's County over the weekend.
Police officers responding to a reported crash in the 10000 block of Baltimore Avenue about 3 a.m. found a Ford Crown Victoria smashed into the side of a Holiday Inn, authorities said. When police looked inside the car, they found two men, each suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Jerome Jenkins, 26, of the 3400 block of Springdale Avenue in Forestville died at the scene. The other victim, a 24-year-old whose name was withheld because he is considered a witness, was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Police released few other details of their investigation. They said detectives had no suspects.
A woman who works at a rental car agency inside the Holiday Inn said that the car was pockmarked with bullet holes and that its windows had been smashed out. The driver apparently was wounded and lost control of the Ford before it crashed into the hotel, she said.
"There were lots of bullet holes in the car," said Namita Moses, 20, a rental agent with Avis Rent A Car System Inc., which has an office in the hotel. "I just don't feel safe. Nothing like this happened here a couple of years ago."
Three hours earlier, a 23-year-old Oxon Hill construction worker was found fatally shot a few miles from his house. Police found Sterling Nelson suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper body about 12:10 a.m. in the 6100 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, authorities said.
Nelson, of the 100 block of Cross Foxes Drive, died at the scene. Police said they did not have any suspects or motives in the killing of the former U.S. soldier.
Nelson's mother, Colene Nelson-Harrison, said she did not know why somebody would shoot her son, a 1999 graduate of Oxon Hill High School. Nelson grew up in the Oxon Hill area, attended church frequently and had served as a communications specialist in the Army from 1999 through 2002, his mother said.
His tour took him to Kosovo and Bosnia, his mother said.
Police said they have no evidence that yesterday's killings were connected.
On Saturday, two men were slain in separate incidents in Glenarden and Forestville.
Dante Hawkins, 27, was found fatally shot about 2 a.m. in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road in Glenarden. Hawkins, who lived on that block, died at the scene.
About 6:30 a.m., police found Omar Brasher, 28, in a hallway of his apartment building in the 3700 block of Donnell Drive. He had been stabbed several times. He died at Prince George's Hospital Center.
Those deaths followed the discovery Thursday of a 66-year-old hairdresser who was apparently killed in his College Park townhouse. Mario Leyva Alonso, who owned and operated a hair salon inside his townhouse in the 4800 block of Berwyn House Road, was found dead in the home by a friend. Alonso had suffered trauma to his upper body, police said.
The weekend's killings brought the county's homicide total for the year to 91. Through Friday, the department had recorded 87 killings, compared with 84 during the same period in 2003, a police spokeswoman said.
Anyone with information about the homicides is urged to call police at 301-772-4925. Police offer a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect.