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Police: Shooting part of botched robbery

Investigators believe that a shooting Wednesday at a Suitland strip mall stemmed from a botched robbery, and the man killed was a would-be robber, a police source said Thursday.

Samuel K. Garvin, 26, of Southeast Washington was fatally shot, authorities said. Police believe he was one in a group of men who tried to rob someone in the 4600 block of Suitland Road just before noon Tuesday, the police source said.

The circumstances of what happened remain unclear, but police said they are not looking for homicide suspects. The strip mall where the incident took place has a troubled past: In 2003, two women in their 70s were shot and killed as part of a robbery in a flower shop they ran there.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Maryland , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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