BLADENSBURG, Md. — An overnight shooting left a man dead in Bladensburg, according to the Bladensburg Police Department.
According to police, it happened around 3 a.m. early Saturday morning, outside the Mexico Lindo MXL Night Club on Annapolis Road. A crowd of people were leaving the club as it was letting out for the night.
Bladensburg Police Chief Tyrone Collington Sr. said "multiple" shots were fired in the parking lot and one man was struck at least once.
Collington said Bladensburg Police officers and emergency medical personnel attempted to provide "life saving measures" but the man died at the scene. Police have not yet publicly identified him.
A Bladensburg Police officer who was working part-time at a business nearby was the first to respond, Collington said.
"He heard the shots," said Collington. "He immediately put the call over the radio requesting additional units to show up."
The chief said additional units arrived within a minute of that first call.
This was the first homicide of the year in a town where killings are rare, according to Collington.
"Last year we had none," Collington said.
A white sedan with what appeared to be bullet holes on the driver's side was towed from the scene, but the chief said trying trying to imply some motive based solely on that would be premature.
"We're not assuming anything," he said. "We're going to let the investigation take its course."
Bladensburg Police say they handled the initial response to the shooting but the homicide investigation will be led by Prince George's County Police. Collington said that's standard practice: the larger Prince George's agency handles all homicide investigations in the Town of Bladensburg.
According to Collington, "several witnesses" have been questioned. So far, though, neither agency has publicly identified any suspects or possible motives.
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