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Police: Victim in Hyattsville home break-in shooting identified

Giovanni Hayles, 23, was shot and killed, and a suspect in the home invasion was also found dead inside when police arrived.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Prince George’s County Police have identified a 23-year-old man as the victim of an early morning fatal home invasion in Hyattsville. Giovanni Hayles was killed early Tuesday morning, and a second man, who was found dead in the home, has not yet been identified by investigators, but is believed to be the home invader.

Authorities say the unidentified man broke into the home in the 5600 block of 30th Avenue in Hyattsville at about 12:18 AM. Hayles, was found wounded inside a car that police said was leaving the residence just as Hyattsville officers were arriving to respond to a call for a burglary at the address. He died after being taken to a hospital, according to Prince George’s County Police. 

Police say they believe the home was targeted and the incident was not a random crime.

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The scene of a home invasion in the 5600 block of 30th Ave in Hyattsville

“Investigators are actively working to determine the circumstances of this incident,” Prince George’s County Police said in a written statement.

Officers found the suspect dead inside the home with at least one gunshot wound. They found a gun near his body. 

As the investigation continues, police said they are interviewing members of a family who was inside the house at the time of the shooting. Police said those witnesses are cooperating with the investigation. 

No arrests have been made in this case. Anyone who may have information can call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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