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Man shot near candlelight vigil in Landover Hills

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Police have new clues in the search for a gunman who shot a man near a candlelight vigil in Landover Hills Friday night.

NewsChopper7 first brought you video of the scene last night, during ABC7 News at 11.

Late Saturday afternoon, police released a photo of a vehicle of interest, a silver Lexus.

It's unclear how this car is related to the shooting. It's also unknown if the shooting was directly related to that candlelight vigil.

People who talked with ABC7 Saturday say a group of young people - in their teens and twenties - held a candlelight vigil in the 4700 block of 68th Avenue Friday night to remember a friend who recently died of cancer.

One woman, who asked to remain unidentified, says, "The kids was all saying things in honor of him and then everything just started escalating and next thing I know everything was out of control."

It was around 9:40 p.m.

Neighbors, at first, thought they heard fireworks.

"I said to myself it was not firecrackers this time," says Richard Burns, a neighbor. "It was too rapid. I'd say it was about four or five shots."

When those shots were fired, the crowd took cover. Candles from the vigil were left burning on the curbside.

"Adult male victim was in the process of getting out of his vehicle when he was approached by the suspect and shot several times," says Cpl. Larry Johnson of the Prince George's County Police.

With a helicopter in the air and K-9 units on the ground, police launched a massive manhunt.

"It's pretty frightening, but I guess you get a lot of stuff everywhere now," a woman says. "But we've never had anything like this."

Residents say it's troubling to think that young people would resort to violence, especially at a time of grief and remembrance.

Police haven't identified the adult male shooting victim.

He was transported to the hospital with several gunshot wounds, listed in critical but stable condition. Police say he's expected to survive.

Investigators urge any witnesses to contact them. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers: 1-866-411-TIPS.

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