Video released Friday by police shows a drive-by shooting two days earlier that wounded a 4-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy both with non-life threatening injuries and killed a dog at a neighborhood in the Washington, D.C. suburb of District Heights in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Children run away as the first shooter opens fire on them.
The video shows two black vehicles pull up to where a group of children were gathered on the curb at the Woodland Springs Apartments around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. A dark colored minivan stops directly in front of the children while a dark colored car drives to the end of the block. At least five shooters are seen, with the shooters from the lead car firing on those fleeing the minivan shooters. Fortunately the gangbangers are lousy shots.
Detectives release video of brazen shooting in the City of District Heights. More info: https://t.co/cdc9uAe67r pic.twitter.com/HZZS1kuLxP
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) May 6, 2022
District Heights drive-by shooting leaves 4-year-old, 14-year-old injured; dog named Danger dead https://t.co/Mpiq5CxvlY pic.twitter.com/jtdtxhcZuC
— Allison Papson (@AllisonPapson) May 5, 2022
Prince Georges County police statement:
Detectives Release Video of Brazen Shooting in the City of District Heights
Westphalia Division VIII investigators today released video of a shooting that occurred Wednesday evening in the City of District Heights. A young boy and a teenager were struck by the gunfire. Their injuries do not appear life-threatening.
On May 4, 2022, at approximately 6:20 pm, officers with the District Heights Police Department and the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to the 6700 block of Alpine Street for a shooting. Prince George’s County Police detectives also responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
On the video, a dark van and a second dark vehicle are seen stopping in the street near a group that is hanging out. Several occupants from within those vehicles then open fire on the group before fleeing. In addition to the two juvenile victims, a dog in the neighborhood was also killed by the gunfire.
“Opening fire on a group of children and teens with absolutely no concern for their lives is unconscionable. I assure this community and all residents of Prince George’s County that my detectives are working around the clock to find and arrest the shooters before they can cause even more harm,” said Major Trevel Watson, Commander, Westphalia Division VIII.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
If anyone has information, they are asked to please call 301-516-5201.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 22-0021462. A cash reward is available.
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