Shootings Leave One Dead, Three Injured

Gunfire erupts near Prince George's Plaza and in neighborhood bordering Hyattsville, leaving one man dead, three injured.

One man is dead and three are injured following two separate shootings late last night and early this morning near Hyattsville and in Lewisdale.

The first shooting happened in the 6700 block of Northwest Drive near Prince George's Plaza around 11 p.m. when police say three people suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds during an argument turned violent.  

Then, around 12:30 a.m., a man was shot in the 2000 block of Woodberry Street, less than a mile from the scene of the first shooting. Officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area when they discovered the victim.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, later died of his wounds at a hospital. 

Police say more information will be released once the victim's next-of-kin are notified. Stay tuned to Patch for more details.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article located Northwest Drive in Hyattsville. It is actually located just across the border from the city. I regret the error. 

Mark Ferguson April 01, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Sigh again. Northwest Drive is very near to, but not in, the City of Hyattsville. The 2000 block of Woodberry Street is in Lewisdale. So, the article's statement concerning, "two separate shootings late last night and early this morning in and near Hyattsville" is factually wrong. Both shootings were at best "near Hyattsville." "Near Hyattsville and in Lewisdale" would have been more accurate. Maps with City limits are on the Internet; it takes only seconds to use them.
Edna Sherrill April 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM
That's interesting.....! I live in this complex and the 6700 block of Northwest Drive is very much in the City of Hyattsville....not near. Our zipcode is 20782.
Mark Ferguson April 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hi Edna: Your zipcode (or the name of your Post Office) does not put you in or out of the City; only the legal limits of the City determine that. So while the Post Office is content to call your area, "Hyattsville," you actually aren't: If you were in the City of Hyattsville, you would pay additional real estate taxes (or your landlord would), but would be able to vote in City elections, and the City's police would respond to calls from your area. As it is, you get (presumably) a lower rent, but can only vote in County elections, and would have to wait for the County police to respond to a service call (usually a much longer wait). Zip codes 20781, 20782, 20783, 20784 and 20785 are all called "Hyattsville" by the U.S. Postal Service, but the actual City limits are only within parts of 20781 and 20782. Zip codes 20787 and 20788 are also called "Hyattsville," but are only used for P.O. Boxes. 20781 also wholly includes the Town of Edmonston, as well as unincorporated areas like Rogers Heights, and Tuxedo. 20782 also wholly includes the Town of University Park, as well as unincorporated areas like College Heights Estates, Avondale, Green Meadows, and parts of Chillum and Lewisdale. I suppose I would call your neighborhood, "Toledo Terrace," though not all unincorporated areas have uniformly clear names associated with them.
platinum April 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Why are these facts being discussed when people are getting murdered down there? Pointless.
Phil April 03, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Thank you!
Mark Ferguson April 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Because facts matter in reporting. If the article had reported that the crimes happened at your front doorstep instead of two miles away, I expect that you would be concerned about the accuracy of the reporting, too. But there is more that really is germane to what can be done about people getting murdered: Should we as Hyattsville citizens be concerned that our police department should be doing more? Legally, they only have the ability to act if the crime happens in their jurisdiction (unless they actually see it happening), so because these crimes happened outside the City, there isn't really much more we can ask our police to do. Facts matter; it is not pointless to discuss them
Danny April 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM
this kind of repetitive discussion of where hyattsville's borders lie is especially inappropriate here because what matters to most of us who read the patch is how close we are in proximity to the areas where a violent crime occurs. in this case northwest drive is very close to "real" hyattsville -- you can't even access the site without going through hyattsville proper. woodberry street is very close to the city limits, too. i can understand the local frustration when something bad happens near fedex field or in langley park and it's reported as having occurred "in hyattsville," but the events described in this article are very much local problems that we should all be aware of, regardless of boundary lines. they affect our quality of life, our sense of safety, and our property values because of their proximity to where we live, shop, and play. sidenote: the notion that a tenant pays higher rent because they live within the boundaries of the city of hyattsville is just ridiculous.
Edna Sherrill April 05, 2012 at 01:39 AM
So sorry everyone....didn't mean any harm and thanks Mr. Ferguson for the enlightment. As far as the crime in Hyattsville, near Hyattsville, border of Hyattsville, around Hyattsville, I don't think it will be getting better anytime soon. I've been afraid to shop at PG, venture out in my neighborhood alone or at night for a very long time. Such a beautiful area, too and in many ways.


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