While young people in the Greenvale Parkway neighborhood played basketball on a warm Wednesday evening, adults living nearby were shaking their heads over a homicide in their midst.
“They don’t understand,” says James Clark. “They’re taking away a life.”
Police say it was a basketball, brushing up against a car, that sparked off a fatal shooting there.
“I was sleeping when I heard a noise, like a plom plom,” Jose Echerrea recalls. “That’s the first one (shooting) I see. I don’t see the problem here. This area’s good, you know?”
Echerrea says he heard several gunshots, around 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
“A senseless homicide,” declared Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski.
Investigators say a man in his early 20s, a special needs individual who lives at a nearby group home, was walking to a basketball court at the Woodlawn Recreation Center with three others, when their ball made contact with a man’s car.