Counselors are available Tuesday for students at Friendly High School in Fort Washington following a fatal shooting of a classmate Sunday, according to a Prince George's County school official.
There will be brief counseling in the account that students need assistance, said Briant Coleman, spokesman for Prince George's County Public Schools.
Police officers found 16-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on Sunday in the 7700 block of Webster Lane in Fort Washington. Police were called to the scene at midnight, according to a police press release.
Jones, of the 800 block of Swan Creek Road, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Police said Jones was walking to a car after leaving a home on Webster Lane when an an unknown suspect shot him and ran. Detectives are following up on substantial leads to identify a suspect and motive, police said.
The shooting did not happen on school grounds Coleman clarified. A letter will go home with students at Friendly High School telling parents that the incident took place, according to Coleman.
This is the fourth fatal shooting of a Prince George's County Public Schools student this school year.
Marckel Norman Ross, an 18-year-old a junior at Central High School, was fatally shot while walking to school in Capitol Heights the morning of Sept. 11, 2012.
Amber Deanna Stanley, a 17-year-old senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale was fatally shot in her bedroom in Kettering on Aug. 23, 2012.
Eliezer Reyes, a 14-year-old student at the Foundation Schools in Largo, was was killed in a drive-by shooting December 2012 in Lewisdale; police have said the crime was gang related, The Washington Times reported.
Police ask anyone with information about the 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's website and submit a tip online.
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