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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 09/15/2010

Teen stable after Pr. Geo.'s shooting

By Washington Post editors

A teenager shot Wednesday near the intersection of Bennington Drive and Castleton Drive in the Kettering was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, authorities said.

Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman, said the teen is either 18 or 19 years old, and the shooting stemmed from a dispute between him and an adult male he knew.

Copeland said police are searching for the man.

Witnesses have said four shots rang out about 3:45 p.m. after a fight involving what appeared to be youths, possibly students walking home from nearby Largo High School. Copeland said that fight -- though it occurred in close proximity and time to the shooting -- was unrelated.

Two females were involved in the fight. The victim and the suspect in the shooting had a separate dispute, Copeland said, and the victim was not a Largo High School student.

"At this point right now, it's unrelated to the school," Copeland said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

19-year-old injured in Kettering shooting
4:14 p.m.

A 19-year-old male was shot and seriously injured Wednesday in the Kettering area of Prince George's County, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred about 3:45 p.m. near Bennington and Castleton drives, said spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was said to be critically injured.

Police were questioning several youths in connection with the shooting, and a helicopter was circling overhead searching for suspects.

Cpl. Larry Johnson, a police spokesman, said investigators were exploring whether the shooting stemmed from a fight.

Bay Jack, 63, said he saw a group of about 40 youths in the area around what appeared to be a fight just before the shooting occurred. He said he called his neighbor, Fred Young, 65, whose truck was in the heart of it, so he could make sure none of the youths damaged the vehicle.
That's when both men heard four gunshots, they said.

The group of youths scattered quickly, leaving behind one boy laying on the ground, Jack said.

"We just heard 'em, four shots, and then they started hitting the ground and running," Jack said.

Both men said youths are frequently in the area, though usually police are there, too, making sure they keep calm.

The area where the shooting occurred appears to be a thoroughfare used by youths going to and from school. Several youths approached the area, which had been cordoned off with crime tape Wednesday, and were directed by police to find alternate routes home.

Ricky Allen, 20, who lives just behind the area that is now encircled in police tape, said his sister is among those being questioned as a witness. Standing just outside the crime tape Wednesday, he said his siblings, who were outside when the incident occurred, told him someone produced a gun during a fight.

Allen said he came out of his house after he heard what sounded like gunfire and saw two people running.

-- Matt Zapotosky



Police say person shot near Kettering

A person was shot Wednesday near Bennington Drive and Castleton Drive in the Kettering area of Prince George's County, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred about 3:45 p.m., said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, the spokesman. He said the victim was being transported to a nearby hospital. The condition of the person shot was not immediately known.

Police appear to be questioning several youths in connection with the shooting, and a helicopter is circling overhead searching for suspects.

Ricky Allen, 20, who lives just behind the area that is now encircled in police tape, said his sister is among those being questioned as a witness. Standing just outside the crime tape Wednesday, he said his siblings, who were outside when the incident occurred, told him someone produced a gun during a fight.

Allen said he came out of his house after he heard what sounded like gunfire and saw two people running.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  | September 15, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
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Comments

Da hood!

Posted by: Special_One40 | September 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

to say we're out of touch with some of our youth is an understatement, their living in this don't even look at me wrong, I'll rob you and take what I want, shoot 1st, can't handle my disputes, call my boys, call my girls, where's my knife, my parents don't care, my educators don't care, the justice system don't care, I dont care, we have too many children making grown up decisions, and in the end it all starts at home, get involved in your childs life, or you'll be spending time in youth detention and on the rode visiting your son's and/or daughters in prison, we have to clean this mess up, these young adults should not be fighting for useless agenda's when our not to distant grandparents and great grandparents, fought for all of which we have now, it will always be a struggle, but we now have the greatest struggle now, out of control youth, who fight for causes of self, it's got to end, how many parents have to keep visiting the funeral home, to make arrangements for someone that wasn't sick, had many years of life left, but chose to victimize people, or was hurt because they were in the wrong place, we're the adults, they wont correct this, because we've accepted it, now we have to clean this up now, GOD has given us the tools, now we have to get this done, our elected officials continue to ignore this and soon it's going to get worse, look at the history, we're eating good, and it's still not enough, our kids want to control the world, but control, is only what someone allows to do, so if we're in control as parents, time to get this done.

Posted by: pmiller2 | September 16, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

What a jungle!!

Posted by: rustybud | September 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

P.G County is a killing ground. I lived there and worked there and I had to move out i did not feel safe at night and i lived in the so called safe area. Even driving around the county is dangerous i found myself keeping my eyes forward never looking around it's brutal. It's a joke the local government does not seem to want to do anything to reslove the issues. It all start in the home.

Posted by: efdelaney | September 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This ain't even close to the 'hood'.....Ignorant a$$ commentors....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

pmiller2, dont know if Ive ever heard it put better. Bravo!

Posted by: mloaks | September 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well said pmiller2. This is surprising for Kettering, but not really surprising when you think of it. I don't know what it's going to take, but I also agree that it starts at home.

Posted by: lulu202 | September 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Some kids are just stupid and choose to do stupid things, it's no ones fault but the idiot child who couldn't make a better decision. Wake up people! You do have the choice to be decent and respectable.

Posted by: mossmillennium | September 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

4th Floor,
"This ain't even close to the 'hood'.....Ignorant a$$ commentors...."

Yet another brilliant observation...thanks for your input.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 16, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The problem is we've been sleep, have you even read the statistics on how many youth we loose every year to violence, more than we loose when fighting war, that's fact not fiction, and too many of the youth are victims, and the youth that commit these crimes, don't feel love, you may have someone that loved and took care of you, a lot of these youth don't have that, so correct they'll do things that appear stupid to us, but it's reality for them, they live in loveless homes, they are sometimes misunderstood, but at the end of the day, we have to correct it, how close to home do you think these situations are, middle class communities, we have to address this as a national problem, it's very stupid for us as adults to continue to allow it to happen, we start at home, then the schools, at sporting events, at parties, in our communities, we go where they are and say, we care, we got your back, and we need you to become the best person you can be, see why they're in pain, listen, don't dictate, try to put yourself in their shoes, if just for a very short time, we can't reach everyone, I guarantee we can reach far more, this way, rather than turning our backs, living our blessed lives, driving our working cars, and going to our well paid jobs, you've earned all of it, they can't see past this is all I have, so just like you got it, help that so called stupid child, and watch how your blessings continue.

Posted by: pmiller2 | September 17, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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