Security guard, suspected shoplifter dead in shooting at Prince George’s County grocery store

Two people were fatally shot Friday at a grocery store in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George’s County police say.

Police say a security guard at the Giant on Audrey Lane confronted a woman, who was suspected of shoplifting, when she pulled out a handgun from her backpack and began firing rounds at him. Police say the security guard returned fire.

Police said they were called to the store for a report of the shooting at about 10:25 a.m. They found both the suspected shoplifter and security guard with gunshot wounds.

The security guard was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Maj. Zachary O’Lare, with Prince George’s County police, speaks at a news conference outside of the Giant were the shooting took place. 

The Giant, which is near the D.C. line, is also near a Prince George’s County police division.

“It’s quite concerning that these brazen acts are occurring across the country and in our backyard, especially right near our division,” Maj. Zachary O’Lare, with Prince George’s County police, said in a news conference. “We’re asking the community to partner with us even more to try to stop these violent, brazen attacks that are occurring in our shopping centers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-411-8477.

Below is a map where the shooting took place.

Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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