Police find car and rifle possibly used in drive-by


May 14, 2007|By Arin Gencer and Gus G. Sentementes

Prince George's County police said they found an abandoned vehicle that matched the description of one used in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon that wounded seven people, and detectives found a high-powered assault rifle inside the car, a spokesman said yesterday.

Seven people were injured, five of them children, in a drive-by shooting in western Prince George's County about 5 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Witnesses told police they saw between two and four men fire from a red or burgundy car as it sped through an apartment complex in the 6800 block of Atwood St. in District Heights.

The make and model of the vehicle that police found, and its precise location, were not immediately available.

Cpl. Stephen Pacheco, a Prince George's County Police Department spokesman, said that police were examining the vehicle and the assault weapon. He did not have information about the type of rifle that was found.

Seven male victims, ranging in age from 12 to 21 years old, were shot in the arms and legs. Cpl. Diane Richardson, another police spokeswoman, said they were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Richardson said investigators were following leads that the shooting might have been related to an assault at a nearby McDonald's restaurant earlier Saturday.

"We're still working to find out whether an assault occurred and what the nature of that assault was," Richardson said.

She also said investigators have found nothing to suggest gang involvement.

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