Man shot and killed, first murder of 2015 in Prince George's County

A violent start to the new year, after a man is gunned down in College Park.  It's the first murder of 2015 in Prince George's County only two ours into the new year.  The victim, 22 year old Stefon Powell of District Heights, was at the Camden College Park Apartments on Milestone Way when he was shot and killed on the top floor of the parking garage. "Our officers found an adult male victim with gunshot wounds. That victim was pronounced dead at the scene," said Officer Harry Bond with Prince George's County Police.

Police towed two cars away from the crime scene, one of them riddled with bullets.  Some residents say he may have been followed in the parking garage. "Unfortunately there may have been a shootout of sorts that resulted in the death," said Corey Fitzgerald Sanders, President of the Neighborhood Association of Camden College Park Apartments.

Patrol officers responded to calls for a shooting at the complex. They found Powell's body near the stairwell.  "Ma, it's sad man,  it's sad  man," said Elmus Luther,  Jr. a resident at the complex.

The murder alarmed residents.  They recently formed the neighborhood association after a spike in crimes.  In November police reported at least six break-ins and over the last several months there have been an number of thefts from cars but nothing as violent as this. "I thought this was a safer part of Prince George's County. With the break-ins and now this i'm really not feeling very safe at all," said another resident, Nyssa, who did not want her last name used.

Signs around the complex say it is monitored by cameras, something that could provide clues to investigators. "If there is video footage our homicide detectives will definitely take a look at the footage and determine if it's substantial enough," Officer Bonds said.

As police try to find the killer and a motive some here are taking their own measures in response to the recent rash of crimes. "I'm waiting on it i'm waiting for them to break into my place. I'm armed. I'll do whatever i have to do to protect my family," said Luther, Jr.

Police are offering up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to the an arrest and conviction in the case.  Court records show the victim had a lengthy record on drug, firearms and traffic charges.  Powell didn't live in the complex and investigators have not said why they believe he was there. Right now investigators say they are still trying to develop information on a suspect or suspects and do not have a description.

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