UPDATED: Police Arrest Two After Shots Fired Near University of Maryland

Police say shots rang out after a fight outside the McDonald's on Baltimore Avenue.


Updated, 8:50 p.m. Aug. 4:

Two men are under arrest after Prince George’s County police say shots were fired as police tried to break up a fight early Saturday morning in a McDonald’s parking lot near the .

Melvyn Douglass Watson, Jr., 18, of the 6100 block of Greenbelt Road, in Greenbelt, and Dikimbe Rasheed David-Brandon, 20, of the 5500 block of Volta Avenue, in Bladensburg will be charged with possession of a handgun and reckless endangerment, county police said in a news release.

Police responded to a report of a fight in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue about 12:50 a.m., according to the release. Officers found about 200 people in the parking lot of the ., the release said.

A county officer dispersing the fight heard several gun shots and saw a man shooting toward the crowd in the parking lot, the release said. He gave chase toward Pontiac Street. Meanwhile, another officer saw more shots being fired from a small SUV in the McDonald’s parking lot, the release said.

At about 12:55 a.m., a University of Maryland police officer saw a small SUV stopped in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue, according to the release. As the officer approached the vehicle the front passenger fled, the release said. The passenger was caught a short distance away, the release said.

Officers found a second occupant in the vehicle, where they also recovered a handgun, the release said. The second occupant was arrested.

ended near the same McDonald’s last month.

Original post, 4:28 p.m., Aug. 4:

Two men were arrested and Prince George’s County police are searching for a third man after a report of shots fired near the  campus early Saturday morning.

University Police received a call for shots fired near Berwyn House Road and Baltimore Avenue (US Route 1) at 12:51 a.m., according to a police news release.

An officer saw a vehicle occupied by an individual fitting a suspect description, according to the release. As officers approached the vehicle, it drove off and a short pursuit ensued, the release said.

The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive and a passenger attempted to run before being caught by police, the release said. The driver of the vehicle also was arrested.

“A handgun was recovered near where the first subject was arrested,” the release said.

County police have not yet released the identities of the suspects arrested or details of any charges, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman.

Police are searching for a third person who is believed to have fled north on Route 1 from where the vehicle was initially spotted.

The incident occurred not far from the scene of .

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspects are asked to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department by calling 911 or 301-772-4908.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or may use a cell phone to text "PGPD” plus a message to CRIMES (274637). Tips are also accepted online at www.pgpolice.org and by email at pgcrimesolvers@co.pg.md.us.

Updates will be posted at http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/ or at http://www.umdps.umd.edu/crime_alert.cfm.

morgan gale August 05, 2012 at 10:45 AM
When two hundred people descend on a resturant at 1230 in the morning you would think that the police would already be there.
Jay Friedman August 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Dear Morgan, the key here is the word THINK. THINK did not appear to have happened on many levels. First, a proactive McDonalds management team should want to make certain it maintains a safe environment for its customers. 200 people at that time of the day would be cause to make a request for police to make a visit. Next, we do NOT know how long the crowd was gathered. However, several agencies drive past on a routine basis. At least one officer should have noticed the crowd and come into the store for a cup of coffee. IMPORTANT NOTE: The types of disputes that lead up to a shooting of this kind, would not end even if a dozen officers came to the McDonalds. The shooting would likely have occurred later and hopefully, in a less populated setting.
Jane Hopkins August 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
According to the updated sticker the police were on site prior to the shooting. Therefore someone did make a call or they were in the right place at the right time. Though I do find this rather disturbing.
Jane Hopkins August 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Story. Not sticker
Barack August 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I think the perp was white. tee hee hee


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