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Toddler shot, killed in Landover; police have ID'ed suspect

Police have identified the man who shot and killed a toddler in this Forest Terrace-Landover neighborhood on Sunday.
Police have identified the man who shot and killed a toddler in this Forest Terrace-Landover neighborhood on Sunday.
Tom Yeatman

Landover, Md. --- Prince George’s County homicide detectives have identified and charged a suspect in connection with this weekend’s murder of a three-year-old girl but ask for the public’s help locating the suspect.

Police say the suspect is Davon Antwan Wallace, 25, of the 7000 block of East Kilmer Street in Landover. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

The preliminary investigation reveals Wallace is an acquaintance of a resident in the home where the shooting took place.

Police say around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, officers were summoned to the 6900 block of Forest Terrace for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found the toddler inside a home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation, police say, reveals that an argument between two men outside of the home escalated into a physical altercation. One of those men left and returned a short time later with a gun. Police say the suspect fired several times into the home, hitting the child. Detectives do not believe she was the intended target. The gunman, who police say was Wallace, then fled from the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

For more information, please contact the Prince George's County Police Department's Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.