This story was updated at 3:42 p.m. Aug. 23, 2012.
Police in Prince George’s are trying to determine the motive for why an unknown gunman broke into a Kettering home Wednesday night and fatally shot a 17-year-old girl in her bedroom.
Around 10:23 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Chartsey Street for the report of a shooting, where they found Amber D. Stanley, 17, who had suffered from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, a county police spokeswoman.
County police are now investigating the homicide and seeking possible suspects.
“All we can provide now is that a male forced his way into the residence and shot the victim,” she said, noting that the shooting took place inside her bedroom.
McKinney would not say whether Stanley was sleeping at the time of the break-in and said police are probing a possible motive, which is currently unknown.
Officer First Class Iris Acosta, a county police spokeswoman, said it is currently unknown whether anything was taken from the home when the suspect forced his way inside.
Stanley was a senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, which began its 2012-2013 academic year Monday.
Charles Flowers principal Gorman Brown said while he is in his first year as principal of the school, he had heard much about Stanley.
She was involved in the school’s science and technology program and had been looking into creating a “young health professional club” at the school before she died, said Brown.
“It’s a real tragedy. It’s a sad event when any child passes away and for it to be a child with her potential to make a difference is even more of a tragedy,” Brown said.
He also said she was an honor student and had a number of acceptance offers from top universities and said she was considering attending Harvard University after graduating high school.
She was an aspiring doctor, he said.
Residents in the Kettering neighborhood of single-family residential houses said they’ve never seen or heard of any violent acts in their community other than a few house break-ins.
John Awkard, 72, who said he lives a few houses down the street from where the shooting took place, was shocked to hear of the incident.
“This is very disturbing,” said Awkard, who said he’s lived on Chartsey Street for nearly 40 years. “We’ve never had anything like this on our block.”
The Prince George’s County school system released a statement Wednesday to express their condolences to the family and shine light on Stanley’s character as a student.
“This young girl had a bright future ahead of her with dreams to pursue and goals to reach,” the statement reads. “We condemn the senseless act of violence that took her life and hope that law enforcement officials will quickly bring those responsible to justice. On behalf of our school system family, we extend our deepest sympathies to all who loved Amber and pray that your memories bring you comfort in this time of grief.”