Jasmine Jerona Banks killed in Capitol Heights double shooting
Updated: August 10, 2011 - 05:42 pm
A Capitol Heights nightclub is closing after a 20-year-old woman was fatally shot there earlier this week.
Prince George’s County officials announced the closure of the MSG nightclub on Central Avenue Wednesday morning.
This comes after Jasmine Jerona Banks and a 20-year-old man were shot outside the club about 2:44 a.m. Monday. Banks was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and died Tuesday afternoon. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“This is who she is. A beautiful, innocent child,” said Jerome Banks, Banks’ father, as he showed a photo of his daughter.
She was a graduate of Suitland High and training to be a medical assistant.
A closing time, she and several girlfriends were among the first out the door when, from about 50 yards away on Central Avenue, people in two cars opened fire at the club. Jasmine was struck by gunfire in the back of the head.
The owner of the club and several staffers were charged with operating a dance hall without a license.
Detectives are working to identify any suspects and establish a motive in the double shooting, but the case remains unsolved.
A candle light vigil for Banks will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in front of the nightclub.
“When you look at the pattern of violence that has occurred that's what we have to take into account to preserve the safety of our citizens,” said Major George Nader
Law enforcement sources say detectives are looking into a possible link between the drive-by shooting which killed Banks and at least three other killings outside MSG and two other clubs.
- The MSG nightclub, where the shooting took place. (Photo: Brad Bell)
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