OXON HILL, Md. - A Potomac High School student was shot to death at a playground of an apartment complex in Oxon Hill Thursday afternoon.
Prince George's County police said officers responded to Southview Drive and Iverson Street after receiving several calls about the shooting at around 2:50 p.m.
The victim, identified by Prince George's County Public Schools as an 11th grade student, was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
We are on scene of a homicide investigation in the 1400 block of Southview Dr. in Oxon Hill. pic.twitter.com/DALDGXABID— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 2, 2017
A neighbor told FOX 5 she saw the victim walking home from school with a group of other teenagers when she heard gunshots ring out. She said she is a medical assistant and when she came upon the group to try and help, she saw the victim was unresponsive with a bullet wound to his lower body.
"Once I heard two gunshots, I ran outside my apartment and I noticed the victim on the ground,” the witness said. “I began doing CPR on him until the paramedics came.”
"At this point, we are asking the public with any information at all to please come forward,” said Prince George’s County Police Lt. Dave Coleman. “Obviously, it is very scary. We have children walking through this apartment complex. We have a school nearby. As soon as we can get this suspect off the street, the better."
The apartment complex where the shooting took place is located several minutes away from Potomac High School. Prince George's County Public Schools said in a statement:
"The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) community is deeply saddened by the shooting that took the life of an 11th-grader at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill. We extend our deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Counselors will be at Potomac starting tomorrow to support students and staff as long as needed. There will also be additional security staff and law enforcement officers on and around campus.
"We will continue working with county officials and community members to provide safe schools and neighborhoods throughout Prince George’s County. It is our hope that those responsible for this tragic death will be quickly brought to justice."