District Heights

1 dead, 2 injured in District Heights shooting

Prince George's County Police is on the scene investigating the incident

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One person is dead and two are injured after a shooting at a strip mall on Marlboro Pike in District Heights on Monday at around 3:15 p.m., police said.

The deceased was 19-year-old Anthony Ward III of Upper Marlboro. The other two victims were a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.

"‘The other two victims were transported to the hospital," said Capt. Sonny Batth with Prince George's County police. "The female victim is currently in surgery. The other male victim is currently in stable condition."

"I thought it was fireworks," said Thomas Waddell, who heard the gunfire. "I turned around it was like rapid like a switch, like brrrr, then pow pow pow pow, something like that."

The shooting took place outside of a Fresh Market, but no one inside is currently thought to be involved, though the investigation is still underway.

Dozens of evidence markers littered the ground in front of the Fresh Market. Some of them marked clothing and items dropped by the victims, but most of the markers were placed over shell casings.

"‘We actually have to look at everything which is surrounding the crime scene," Batth said. "So sometimes things that are not part of the investigation become part of the investigation."

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Police will also be reviewing surveillance footage from the shopping center.

"And I encourage any community members who have information regarding this incident which took place in front of 5400 block of Marlboro Pike to please come forward," Batth said. "We can work together to get these guys to justice.’

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