Central High Junior Gunned Down While Walking to School
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marckel Ross, a junior at Central High School in Capitol Heights.
Updated, Sept. 11, 5 p.m.: A junior at Central High School was gunned down while walking to school Tuesday morning in Capitol Heights, according to police and school officials.
According to Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Cpl. Maria McKinney, the student was identified as 18-year-old Marckel Norman Ross.
PGPD received a call around 6:50 a.m. for a “man down” in the 6100 block of Old Central Avenue. When officers arrived on scene they found the victim in the 400 block of Abel Avenue, McKinney said.
Ross was pronounced dead at the scene with apparent gun shot wounds to his upper body, police said.
Last month, month another local high school student was gunned down in her bedroom. Amber Stanley was a senior at Flowers High School.
Both incidents are under investigation.
Prince George's County Public Schools released the following statement on Ross' death:
The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) community is saddened beyond measure by the shooting death that claimed the life of Central High School 11th grader Marckel Ross as he walked to school this morning. Counselors are being made available to students. We extend our deepest sympathies to this young man’s family and friends, along with our fervent hope that those responsible for his death will soon be brought to justice.
If you have a tip, call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Police are offering a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s).
This story was updated to reflect the victim's age and the police reward offer.