Fatal Shooting One person was killed and another was wounded yesterday in a Fort Washington shooting that Prince George's County police believe began as an argument.
One victim, whom police did not identify, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, a 36-year-old man, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The two were discovered about 1:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Cady Drive.
Suspect Identified Police identified a suspect in a gang-related stabbing Monday afternoon in Burke as Wilfredo E. Escobar, 18, of Burke, and police said they had "good leads" on a second suspect in the case.
Two 15-year-old boys, who claimed allegiance to the gang South Side Locos, told police that they encountered two members of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and two girls behind the Burke Village Shopping Center on Burke Road. One of the boys said in an interview that he and his friend wanted to fight the rival gang members but that the MS-13 members pulled knives and stabbed his friend in the stomach, chest and arm.
The wounded boy, who is from Burke, was not seriously injured. Escobar was arrested a short time later and charged with malicious wounding. The stabbing was at least the fourth gang-related attack involving knives or machetes in Fairfax County since Memorial Day, according to police.
Possible Hate Crime Arlington County police said yesterday that they are investigating a pregnant woman's report that she was attacked while on a morning walk because she is Muslim and African American, authorities said.
The woman, whose name was not released because she is a witness, told police she was targeted about 7:30 by three white men in a green pickup who yelled racial and anti-Muslim slurs at her, said Matt Martin, a police spokesman. The truck reportedly circled the block and then returned, and one of the men allegedly exited and shoved her and continued to yell epithets while the others looked on, Martin said.
"We take these claims very seriously," Martin said of the alleged assault in the 800 block of South Walter Reed Drive. "We don't tolerate those kinds of incidents."
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, called on authorities to treat the allegations as a hate crime. But Martin said that Virginia has no separate hate crime law and that the state's hate crime statute can be applied only to enhance the penalties of another felony or misdemeanor -- in this case, assault.
Martin said the woman was unable to provide detailed information about the truck in which the assailants were riding. They were described only as white men, one of whom was dressed in military-style clothing, according to a statement released by CAIR.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.