Capitol Heights shooting: Two dead in gunfire at senior facility, suspect arrested

Officers with the Prince George's County Police Department responded to reports of shooting at the senior living building shortly after 9:15 am


                            Capitol Heights shooting: Two dead in gunfire at senior facility, suspect arrested
Officers have taken a male suspect in custody after hours of standoff (Image used for representation: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MARYLAND: A gunfire at Gateway Village in Capitol Heights on Friday, October 8, morning left two people dead, reports cited. Officers with the Prince George's County Police Department responded to reports of a gunman barricading himself at the senior living building shortly after 9:15 am. Officers have taken a male suspect in custody after hours of standoff. Police have not released the identity of the suspect as of yet.

Prince George PD noted in a statement that "at approx 9:15 am, we were called for a shooting at a senior living facility. As of 10:25 am, we have one suspect in custody. Two deceased victims. We are searching the facility for any additional victims as well as suspects per protocol." An investigation into the incident is going on. No information on the victims was immediately available.

In a similar incident, an overnight shooting outside a convenience store in Durham, North Carolina left two people dead and two others injured in June. A suspect was arrested who opened fire at a hospital in Philadelphia in the early hours of October 4. Isiah Hampton, 25, was arrested on September 18 for shooting three people at his own baby shower. According to reports, things took a violent turn after Hampton got into an altercation with an unnamed woman over gifts at the event. In July, two people were killed and a young girl was injured in a triple shooting at a cookout in Philadelphia during the 4th of July celebrations.

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Prince George's County Police confirmed there was no ongoing threat to the community, but advised people to avoid the area. The nearby Capitol Heights Elementary School has been placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution. Police requested families of those who live there to gather outside at the firehouse at 6061 Old Central Avenue. "Families of those who live here are asked to gather outside at the firehouse at 6061 Old Central Avenue," a statement said. 

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