A man was killed in a shooting at the Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, police said.
The shooting happened during an apparent fight in the mall’s food court, News4’s Jackie Bensen reports. Hyattsville police, as well as the county police and fire departments were called to the scene at 3500 East West Highway a few minutes after 4 pm
Police do not believe it was a random act and said there is not an active threat. They did say whether the victim was the intended target.
Numerous police cruisers, ambulances and fire trucks responded to the scene at first, and a large police presence remained at about 5 pm
A man was shot to death at the food court in the Mall at Prince George’s County. News4’s Jackie Bensen and Brad Freitas report.
Police believe the suspect or suspects fled the scene. There’s no word on suspects or a motive. Police are interviewing witnesses.
“Our officers, our local partners responded quickly and made contact with witnesses, made contact with our partners in mall security and obtained video footage,” Hyattsville Police Chief Jarod Towers said.
“The Mall at Prince George’s experienced a shooting incident this afternoon inside the mall,” the mall said in a statement. “While this is an isolated incident, we are nonetheless troubled. We are thankful for the PGCPD’s prompt response. We will continue to work collaboratively with them on their investigation.”
At least a couple of dozen people were standing and sitting outside the mall as police investigated the shooting.
“It was crazy, you know, I was with my fam and all that… So, we see a bunch of people running, and I’m like, ‘Hold on, a fight about to go down.’ Wasn’t no fight, man,” one witness told News4.
The mall was closed after the shooting but is expected to reopen Friday.
Two teenage boys were arrested after a man was shot and killed inside the same mall in March. DaQuan Dockery, 22, died inside a store in the mall. Two 16-year-old boys were charged as adults.
“The Mall at Prince George’s had two homicides this year,” Towers said. “The mall has been aggressively stepping up security efforts. We have a very strong partnership here with the mall security and mall management.”
Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.