Two Arrested, One Suspect at Large in Ft. Washington Killing
Rival gang members attended a party where tensions escalated, police said. Marcus Antonio Jones, 16, was shot to death outside.
Prince George's County police announced Thursday that they have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third in the killing of 16-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones. Jones had attended a birthday party Sunday with rival gang members in Ft. Washington where tensions escalated, according to police.
Police Chief Mark Magaw held a press meeting Thursday announcing Akil Darnell Ings, 17, and Kquantae Markies Fisher, 19, were arrested in connection with the killing of Jones. They were affiliated with a local gang and Jones was affiliated with a different local gang, police said.
Detectives believe these gang associations played a part in Jones' killing, police said.
Ings, of Suitland, is the supsected gunman, police said, and is in custody in Washington DC waiting extradition to Prince George's County. Fisher, of Fort Washington, is at the Department of Corrections in Prince George's County on a no bond status, police said. The two are charged with first and second degree murder, according to police.
Detectives are actively looking for the third suspect, police said.
The party Jones, a student at Friendly High School, attended was by-invitation-only at a home on Webster Lane, according to Lt. William Alexander, Prince George's police spokesman. A mother was on hand checking IDs and turning people away, Alexander said.
Tensions escalated at the party and additional gang members were called in, according to police.
Investigators believe at this time "there were people at the party who were not invited but did show up from information they discovered on social media," but police are continuing to investigate, Alexander said.
Jones was standing with a group outside when Ings and Fisher arrived, both prior students at Crossland High School in Camp Springs, along with a still unidentified third suspect, according to police. Then Ings allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Jones, according to police. However, police are unsure whether Jones was the intended target. Officers recovered a gun at the scene and it is undergoing ballistics testing, according to police.
Witness accounts and tips to Crime Solvers helped lead detectives to the suspects, according police.
Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Police say 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 the police website and submit a tip online.
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