Largo Metro shooting: Transit Police hunt for suspects, victim undergoes surgery
Updated: May 26, 2011 - 10:14 am
This story has been updated.
Metro Transit Police units are stepping up patrols at several parking facilities and garages Wednesday in the wake of a carjacking and shooting at the Largo Town Center Metro parking garage this morning.
A spokeswoman for Metro Transit Police says that a woman was shot in the hip and a man was struck in the head during an armed robbery that turned into a carjacking at about 7:15 a.m.
The victims were a father, 54, and his daughter, 21, of Bowie.
The incident took place on the top level of the parking deck at the station which serves as the Blue Line's eastern terminus. Both victims were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The daughter remains hospitalized in Baltimore and, after being released, her father was flown to her hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove the bullet.
The suspects are identified as four black males – two of whom were armed and all of whom were wearing ski masks. Metro Transit Police continue to review surveillance tape and ballistic evidence.
Two suspects are believed to have fled in the victim’s vehicle which was recovered a short time later in Northeast Washington. Police are combing it for clues.
The other two suspects are believed to have fled in a grey 2004 Audi station wagon, Maryland tags 1DME50. This vehicle has not been recovered.
MTPD also is investigating an armed carjacking at the New Carrollton station that may be related. On Friday, May 20, a man reported being approached by several men around 9:30 a.m. as he was exiting his car at in the parking lot at New Carrollton. The suspects, armed with guns and wearing ski masks, robbed and assaulted the man, then drove his car out of the parking lot. The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
The Largo incident had rider James Banks, Jr. wondering why more wasn’t being done to prevent crime.
“I worry about my safety on the subway all the time,” said Banks. “I just think they have to have more security in that area.”
Metro riders arriving at the station Wednesday morning were shocked to see so many police officers.
“I've actually never feared for my safety, but now that I'm hearing about these things I'm definitely going to be more aware,” said Erica Watson, a Metro rider.
Sheree Cheung’s car was broken into in the same parking garage two months ago. She said the suspects stole her laptop, money and sense of security.
"It can be scary sometimes,” she said. “Who's really watching? The police are driving around all the time, so it's the perfect location."
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