A 27-year-old Washington, D.C., man has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Fort Washington man in Mount Rainier.
Prince George’s County police arrested Ronald Jefferson Short, of the 2500 block of High Street in southeast D.C. on Nov. 15 and charged him with first- and second-degree murder in the Nov. 14 shooting death of Reginald McNeil of the 8400 block of Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington.
Around 4:40 a.m., Mount Rainier police responded to an anonymous caller reporting hearing the sound of gunshots in the 2800 block of 37th Street, a residential area, where police found McNeil suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Mount Rainier Police Chief Michael Scott. McNeil was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Scott said.
Prince George’s County homicide detectives are now investigating the case.
Officer First Class Edward Martin, a county police spokesman, said detectives are still looking for a motive in the case and he said he was unaware of why the suspect and victim were both in Mount Rainier at the time of the shooting.
Lynn Short, who identified herself as Short’s aunt and guardian, said he visited Mount Rainier occasionally to see family and friends who live in the city, but said she would not expect him to have been there at 4 a.m.
She also said she did not know the victim.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know all the ins and outs yet ... I would hope he’s not guilty of any of this stuff,” Lynn Short said. “Right now, I’m at a loss of words.”
She said her oldest son died as a victim of gun violence in 2001.
“This shouldn’t be in his character. Family just don’t do that,” she said of her nephew. “For him to have taken a life, it’s not helping me any. It’s not going to bring anybody back.”
Lynn Short said she last talked to Ronald Short on Nov. 13.
A defense attorney for Ronald Short was not listed with the courts Tuesday, according to online court records.
A phone number for McNeil’s residence could not be located.
According to Prince George’s County police, Short is being held without bail in Upper Marlboro awaiting a Dec. 11 preliminary hearing.