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A bloody weekend in Prince George’s County resulted in five killings, four people shot and two arrests — including a woman charged with killing her 83-year-old grandmother in Accokeek and a 17-year-old killed in a Capitol Heights gun battle — although county officials say the incidents all were isolated and unrelated.

“This department has not slept in 72 hours,” county Police Chief Mark A. Magaw said Monday of the violent incidents that spanned from Friday through Sunday countywide. “This department never forgets, though, that these numbers represent members in our community. That’s why our officers work so hard to bring resolution to these cases.”

Magaw said the causes of the incidents within the 72-hour period ranged from drugs to domestic arguments to robberies.

The incidents began around 9:46 p.m. Friday with a gun battle between two individuals in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Brightseat Avenue in Landover.

Brandon Wiggins, 17, of Capitol Heights was shot and killed after shooting at another gunman, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said PGPD’s Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis during a news conference.

A phone number for Wiggins’ family could not be located.

Magaw said an investigation shows that this gun fight was connected to narcotics, and police plan to arrest the surviving suspect in the very near future.

Around 1:21 a.m. Saturday in Lewisdale, police responded to the 2000 block of Woodbury Street, a residential area, to find Lester Amilcar Flores-Quintanilla, 18, of the 100 block of North Gordon Street in Alexandria, Va., dead from a gunshot wound from a possible robbery attempt.

Davis said police believe Flores-Quintanilla was walking from the Galaxy Night Club on University Avenue after being denied entry due to his age. A phone number for Flores-Quintanilla’s family could not be located.

Davis said the MS-13 gang is linked to the shooting and said police believe Flores-Quintanilla was part of the gang.

That same day around 7:18 p.m. in the 3500 block of Terrace Drive in Suitland, 25-year-old Ashley McClurkin was shot and killed inside her apartment.

A phone number for McClurkin’s family could not be located.

Police have arrested McClurkin’s girlfriend, Audrea Archer Blackwell, 24, of the 2700 block of Fairlawn Street in Temple Hills, and Davis said the two were involved in a domestic dispute inside the apartment.

Davis said Blackwell allegedly shot herself in the leg before fatally shooting McClurkin in the head.

Blackwell has been arrested and is charged with first-degree murder. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 27 in Prince George’s County District Court in Upper Marlboro, according to court records.

Attorney information for Blackwell was not listed with the court Monday.

Around 4:25 a.m. Sunday in the 4100 block of Danville Road in Accokeek, police found 83-year-old Dorothy Ogden shot and killed inside her home.

Police have arrested Cristalina Warner, 32, Ogden’s granddaughter, for allegedly shooting and killing her grandmother, which she confessed to, according to charging documents.

A working phone number for Ogden’s family could not be located.

Attorney information for Warner was not listed with the District Court by Monday.

Magaw said the two lived together and said the incident stemmed from a string of domestic-related arguments that had built up. He said county police had not been called to the residents for any previous incidents.

In the latest incident, at 8:19 a.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Judith Avenue in District Heights, police found David Shaw, 21, of Forestville dead from a gunshot wound as a result of a robbery attempt, although police are still investigating the incident, they said.

A phone number for Shaw’s family could not be located.

Davis said Shaw allegedly approached six individuals inside a home that is used as a tattoo parlor, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery.

After shooting and wounding one of the occupants, another occupant jumped at Shaw, wrestled him to the ground, took his handgun and fatally shot him, Davis said. He said the killing is being investigated as a possible act of self-defense.

“Shaw and the victims were all known to each other. Shaw shot a victim in the leg, prompting another male to jump to and wrestle Shaw to the ground,” Davis said.

There were also two non-fatal shootings that occurred amid the killings.

Around 10:11 p.m. Friday on Northwest Drive behind the Mall at Prince Georges in unincorporated Hyattsville, a triple shooting stemmed from an argument that began inside an apartment and carried into a parking lot.

Three people were wounded and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Davis said the shooter has been identified, and police are looking to make an arrest this week.

Around 11:31 a.m. Sunday on Aften Street in Hillcrest Heights, a non-fatal shooting occurred during an attempted citizen armed robbery.

An individual suffered a non-life-threatening injury, and police are currently seeking suspects, they said.

Magaw said homicides are still down by 27 percent compared with last year, with 17 to date.

In addition, Magaw said the department will soon unveil its Summer Initiative with County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), as an effort to understand and mitigate the root of some of the various crimes such as robbery and domestic violence.

“[The Summer Initiative] will allow us to identify and attack many of the reasons behind the violence in our community,” Magaw said.

Police are now urging anyone with information regarding any of the weekend incidents to call 866-411-TIPS.

djgross@gazette.net