Police ID teen victim in fatal shooting near Bladensburg playground

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BLADENSBURG, Md. — The teen who died following a shooting in a park in Bladensburg, Maryland, on Monday afternoon has been identified.

The shooting victim was 17-year-old Bryan Alvarado-Esquivel of Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at Varnum Park at 54th Place and Varnum Street around 2 p.m. when they found Alvarado-Esquivel suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he died, Bladensburg police said in a news release.

Maria Vivar, who lives close to where the shooting happened, told WTOP’s news partner NBC Washington that the shooting has rattled some neighbors.

“It’s scary because now we can’t trust anybody around here,” she said. “It hurts because this is a place to have fun in. Someone just got killed and it’s really shocking.”

Investigators are working to determine a motive and a suspect. Homicide detectives with the Prince George’s County Police Department will handle the case with assistance from both the Bladensburg Police Department and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County homicide unit at 301-772-4925. People who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-411-8477, or text PGPD plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on a cellphone. Officials are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

A map of where the shooting happened can be seen below.

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Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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