Picture of street signs where the murder of Rashaad Garnett Tate occurred. (Photo by Linda Poulson)
Prince George’s County, Md., saw two more homicides March 23 and 24, continuing what seems to be a flare-up in crime this month, notably in homicides.
At about 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday patrol officers responded to a call on the 5000 block of Hil Mar Drive in Forestville. Investigation revealed a man’s body—shot and set on fire—outside of a home. The victim, who was later identified as Rashaad Garnett Tate, 32, of 28th Street, SE in Washington, D.C., was pronounced dead at the scene.
The following night, in Temple Hills, Md., police responded to another shooting on the 3800 block of 28th Avenue about 9:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found a man outside in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim was later identified as K’Shon Jerome Johnson, 20, of South View Drive in Oxon Hill, Md.
Detectives have said they do not believe the slayings were random acts and they are working to identify suspects and establish motives.
The killings this week were the latest in a spate of crimes this month. The two most noted cases have been the killing of Detective Jacai Colson by “friendly fire” after officers were ambushed outside a police station, and the double homicide of sisters Tareeka Jones and Jalisha Walls-Harris by Kevin Tyrice Reynolds, who later took his own life.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the March 23 and March 24 cases. Anyone with information on these cases is urged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.