A man killed in a Seat Pleasant, Md. shooting Wednesday was scheduled to testify in an upcoming murder trial, and police are investigating the possibility that he was killed to ensure his silence.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said that the victim, Nicoh Mayhew, 25, had been offered protection several times. Though he seemed concerned about his safety, Alsobrooks said, Mayhew declined the protection.
"Mr. Mayhew's death was not his fault," Alsobrooks said at a Thursday press conference. "Whether or not he declined protection, he deserved to be safe."
"We need people to come forward so that we can remove these dangerous predators from our community," she said.
Mayhew was holding his 2-year-old son, who was also injured in the incident, which occurred in the 6800 block of Seat Pleasant Drive, authorities said. The boy was shot in the arm and is expected to recover.
Police are looking for two men who fled the scene in a black, four-door BMW sedan with Maryland tags.
The Prince George’s County Crime Solvers program offers rewards of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a homicide case.
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