A fatal shooting in Lewisdale Thursday night was the eighth teen killed by gun violence in Prince George's County since the beginning of the school year. News4's Pat Collins reports.
An 18-year-old was shot and killed in Lewisdale, Md., Thursday evening, Prince George's County police said.
Police responding to a report of a shooting about 7 p.m. found Meyder Bladimir Yuman suffering from a gunshot wound. He had collapsed on the sidewalk in the 7200 block of 24th Avenue.
Earlier in the evening, Yuman had been playing soccer with some friends outside his house in the 2200 block of Lewisdale Drive, reported News4's Pat Collins. When the group split up, Yuman walked away for unknown reasons and was shot three or four blocks from his home.
He was able to run about a block away before collapsing. A neighbor found him on the phone, telling someone he had been shot in stomach.
The neighbor called 911 and Yuman was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Detectives believe someone got out of a gold or tan four-door Toyota Corolla with Maryland license plates and approached the victim on 24th Avenue, police said. A confrontation ensued and the victim was shot.
Detectives are working to determine the motive for the shooting and to find any suspects, police said.
Yuman's stepfather, Jose Alvarez, told Collins the shooting may have been gang-related. When asked if Yuman was in a gang, Alvarez said he didn't know.
Yuman had worked in construction with his stepfather, who had raised Yuman since he was four.
A next-door neighbor said Yuman was a hard worker, ambitious and had a bright future.
This is the eighth slaying of a teenager in Prince George's County since August, a spate of violence that has led Prince George's leaders to call for a combined community response.
"Something greater has to be done," said Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks following the murder of 15-year-old Charles Michael Walker. Authorities said Walker may have been killed for a pair of shoes.
"We need our parents to wrap their arms around their children, to teach them the proper values: Go to school, work hard and then buy tennis shoes," Alsobrooks said. "We don’t kill individuals for tennis shoes.”
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case.
Anyone with information about this murder should call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. To submit an anonymous tip, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or text “PGPD" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Or click here to submit a tip online.