Charles Police ID Two More Shooters in Dec. 28 Murder, Robbery

LA PLATA, Md. - Charles County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives, with assistance from Prince George’s County police department investigators, have identified two additional suspects in a shooting in Waldorf on Dec. 28 that left one man dead and another injured.

Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Dwayne Thompson, 22, of Washington, D.C., and Darryl Jerome Smith, 22, of Temple Hills and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating these suspects. Thompson and Smith are wanted for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, five counts of first-degree assault, two counts of armed robbery and one count each of theft of property valued at more than $500, theft of property valued at less than $500 and using a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime.

Thompson is described as a dark-complexioned black male with dread lock-style hair. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 152 pounds. Smith is described as a medium-complexioned black male with short hair. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. They are known to frequent areas of Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. They should be considered armed and dangerous. Photographs of the suspects appear at the top of this article.

Officers responded to a residential parking lot in the 3200 block of Westdale Court in Waldorf at 11:33 p.m. Dec. 28 for the report of the shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed a 2005 Dodge Magnum damaged by several bullet holes. They discovered a man inside the vehicle who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound and an adult male lying near the vehicle with a gunshot injury. Two other adult males were found in the area and were not injured.

Detectives responded to the scene and found the four victims had been seated inside the vehicle when they were approached by four or five black male suspects wearing dark clothing and masks and armed with handguns. The initial investigation revealed the suspects robbed the victims of money and property and fired shots into the vehicle and at the victims before fleeing. As the investigation progressed, detectives identified Joseph Wendell Edwards, Jr., 20, of Waldorf as one of the suspects and determined the victim and the suspects knew each other and were involved in an on-going dispute. Detectives obtained a warrant for Edwards’ arrest on Dec. 30 and he turned himself in at the La Plata District Station on Jan. 2.

The deceased victim was identified as Steven Fulton McGregor, Jr., 25, of Forestville, Md. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The injured man was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He is still being treated for his injuries. He and the other victims are not being identified because they are considered witnesses in the investigation, but they are all Waldorf males between 20 and 25 years of age. Two of them live in the area where the shooting occurred.

Anyone with information regarding Thompson’s or Smith’s whereabouts or the investigation is asked to contact Det. C. Shankster at 301-609-6513 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in this case. All callers may remain anonymous.

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