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Argument over coat leads to homicide in P.G.

- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2011

A man fatally shot early Sunday in Temple Hills was killed during an argument about a stolen coat, according to court documents.

Charles Raphael Hunter, 20, was shot outside an apartment complex in the 3100 block of Good Hope Avenue after he and several friends got into an argument with several people standing in front of the complex.

Three witnesses identified Daniel Andrew Gardner, 22, as the shooter, and he was arrested shortly after the incident, according to both Prince George's County police and court records. Mr. Gardner has been charged with first and second-degree murder and is scheduled for a bond review hearing Tuesday. He was being held at the county's Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro without bond.

The argument occurred around 2 a.m. when a group including Mr. Hunter confronted another group of people about a stolen coat, according to the statement of probable cause filed in Prince George's County District Court. A security guard at the complex heard the commotion and escorted the men with Mr. Hunter off the property.

Moments later, he heard gunshots and saw a man firing at the group with Mr. Hunter.

Mr. Hunter, of the 2400 block of Vermont Avenue in Landover, was taken to a hospital but died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The killing is the 85th criminal homicide investigated by the Prince George's County Police Department this year.

Last year at this time, the police department had recorded 81 criminal homicides.

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