Man fatally stabbed in Pr. George's
Update, 10:30 p.m.:
Investigators believe that the suspects involved in Monday night's double stabbing in Prince George's County might have been gang members who attacked their victims because they mistakenly believed they were rivals, the department's public affairs commander said.
Maj. Andrew Ellis said the two victims were walking down East University Boulevard, in the Lewisdale area, about 6:15 p.m. when they were attacked by three or four males. He said that initially there was "no indication that the victims were doing anything wrong," and "it appears there may be some gang involvement on the part of the suspects."
Both victims were taken to the hospital, where one later died, Ellis said. The other is expected to survive, he said. Those who attacked them might have believed they were rival gang members, though investigators have not uncovered any initial information to suggest that they actually were, Ellis said.
Ellis said investigators had no suspects in custody.
He said one of the victims was in his late teens and the other in his early 20s, and both were of Mexican descent. He said investigators were working to confirm their identities and notify family members of their deaths.
Preliminarily, Ellis said, investigators had no information to indicate a connection between Monday's incident and the slaying in the Langley Park area from Saturday. Still, he said investigators were exploring that possibility because they happened so close together geographically and because both killings involved knives.
Ellis said police would redouble their efforts to crack down on violence in the wake of the latest killing, the 10th in as many days. He noted a patrol officer in the area specifically to deter such incidents arrived on the scene within about a minute, and that officer was the first to notify dispatchers what had happened.
"This county will not be defined by violence," Ellis said. "I want to be clear on that, because although we’ve seen homicide spikes in the past, there’s certainly concern in the community, and rightly so. We will not be defined by violence, and there’s no question we’re going to find out who’s committing these homicides."
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