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Suspect Arrested in Three Shooting Deaths at Maryland Home

Two others injured in shooting inside home

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    Friends of one victim shot and killed at a home in District Heights, Maryland last Friday say he was a good guy who loved to ride his Harley. A vigil was held just hours after police announced a man was arrested in the shooting that also killed two others. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Published Thursday, June 30, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Police arrested Lawrence Sylvester Rogers Jr. of Capitol Heights in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night.

    • Carlina Renee Gray, 50, of District Heights, Jan Marie Parks, 55, of Landover, and Allen Rowlett, 60, of Forestville, were killed.

    • Two other people in the home were injured Friday night.

    Police have a suspect in the shooting deaths of three people inside a Maryland home in custody. Two other people were injured in the shooting, police said.

    Police arrested 24-year-old Lawrence Sylvester Rogers Jr. of Capitol Heights in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night. Tips from the community led police to Rogers, who faces first- and second-degree murder charges.

    The victims were found about 9:35 p.m. Friday at a home in the 3100 block of Orleans Avenue in District Heights.

    Carlina Renee Gray, 50, of District Heights, Jan Marie Parks, 55, of Landover, and Allen Rowlett, 60, of Forestville, were killed, police said. One of the other victims remains in critical condition, and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

    When police arrested Rogers, they recovered a 9 mm handgun being tested to see if it is the murder weapon.

    Surveillance video showed a man seconds before entering the home, gun in hand, and then showed him leaving, tucking the alleged murder weapon in his pants.

    The man stopped at convenience store in the 7400 block of Marlboro Pike in Forestville about 30 minutes before the shootings and made a purchase, police said. Police released surveillance footage from the convenience store Tuesday. 

    Gray lived in the home with her boyfriend, according to her sister.

    Police said the shooting did not appear to be random but have not released information on a possible motive. They believe the man acted alone, they said Monday.

    Hours after announcing Rogers' arrest, friends and family held a vigil for Rowlett.

    Rowlett went by the name Wayne and was remembered Thursday night for his love for Harley Davidson motorcycles. His friends and relatives said they have no idea why anyone would kill him.

    "He was a hard-working man. He didn't bother nobody. He didn't deserve what he got," said Natalie Taylor, Rowlett's cousin.

    "People with the guns out here, please stop it. Good people is losing their lives...please put the guns down," Rowlett's cousin Schonte Morgan said.