GREENBELT, Md. (Reform Sasscer) — A teenage boy is dead following a shooting in Greenbelt, Maryland, Tuesday night.
According to a tweet from Greenbelt City Police, the shooting happened in the 7800 block of Mandan Road.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found two people, a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old shot with injuries described as serious. The 15-year-old boy, identified as Kareem Tyriq Wilson Jr. died from his injuries at the hospital, and the 19-year-old man remains hospitalized, but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.
Greenbelt Police Department PIO, Hannah Glasgow said, “There’s no current suspect information available to the public, but we are pursuing all investigative leads, and we’ll have more information as that investigation continues.”
Police originally thought a third person had been shot after they showed up at a local hospital, but the preliminary investigation determined that person was not involved in this incident.
On October 18, 2021, Greenbelt Police department sought assistance in locating critical missing juvenile Kareem Tyriq Wilson Jr who had disappeared on October 16, 2021. However, on October 18, 2021 he was found.
On October 26, 2021, Greenbelt Police department sought assistance again in locating critical missing person Kareem Tyriq Wilson Jr. However, on October 27, 2012 he was spotted a short time later.
Investigators continue to work to determine what led up to the shooting. No arrests have been made in this case.
Anyone who may have information about this case should contact Greenbelt Police at 301-474-7200.
As a result of lockdowns due to covid-19 and major out of control fights within the school system, a number of students in PGCPS are engaged in a variety of illegal activities. Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz said that in 2020, the county had 263 carjackings; in 2021, 393. And he highlighted the role teenagers are playing in the crime — last year, his officers arrested 86 kids.
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said 100 kids were arrested and charged with carjacking last year.
“It’s the same kids,” Contee said, “but you can’t go into a D.C. court or Prince George’s County court and talk about what they did over in the other jurisdiction. Fundamentally, there’s a problem with that, and we have to make sure that collectively that problem is being addressed,” Contee said.
Contee pointed to a need for change across the entire justice system, including the decisions made by prosecutors and courts when it comes to releasing teens who are repeat offenders.
“How is it that a young person carjacked somebody today and in very short order, prior to the trial — and we know that with the COVID restrictions [the trial] could be a ways off — that that young person is back out in community? That is a problem. And I think that there is an issue there that we really have to examine whether the case is prosecuted or not.”
Aziz agreed there is a lack of accountability for teens who are repeat offenders, whom he described as “young people who have no fear of the consequences that are involved.”
By joining intelligence and investigative forces, Contee said, the task force will reduce violent crime. Contee also said more detectives will be added to the carjacking task force created in D.C. last year.
“We’re expanding our carjacking task force because it has demonstrated at the very minimum that we can connect cases and that we can take people into custody and we can lock them up for the carjackings that they commit in the community,” Contee said.
D.C. and Prince George’s will also embed officers in each other’s departments and work collaboratively to identify repeat offenders. The task force is also charged with pinpointing strategies to increase accountability for those responsible for committing violent crimes in the District.
Alsobrooks outlined the social services involved in the violence prevention task force in her county, which will work together with carjacking investigators.
“This group will also help us identify the concerns and needs of our families, including the needs at home,” Alsobrooks said. “And we understand why this is so important — you can’t heal children without also healing their families.”
In Prince George’s County, at least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year for teen violence since 2008.
County Executive Alsobrooks has implored the community to come together to “disrupt the cycle of violence that is growing again.”
According to Alsobrooks, for example, there have been 162 carjackings in Prince George’s County. She acknowledged on Tuesday first half of January and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.
“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.
Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning money off to friends and family etc. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.
More needs to be done to safe lives. To be effective, violence prevention programs require community-wide collaborative efforts led by school system leader that include students, families, teachers, administrators, staff, social and mental health professionals, law enforcement, emergency response personnel, security professionals, school board members, parents and the businesses. The school system leader takes an active role to effect change and not hide in the closet and wish these problems away. Dr. Monica Goldson “Goldson” has failed to provide proper leadership style for sometime! It’s time to advance changes without fear.