- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 2, 2002

The new year got off to a bloody start in Prince George's County, where a teen-ager was found fatally wounded just after midnight yesterday.
County police officers found the unidentified 16-year-old boy at the corner of Nova Avenue and Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights. He had been shot several times and was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The unidentified teen-ager's shooting death the county's first of the year followed by a few hours the county's 116th homicide of 2001, one of its bloodiest years in a decade. The county recorded 71 homicides in 2000.
Police responded to a call about a shooting in the 3400 block of Newton Street in Mount Rainier about 10:30 p.m. Monday and found the body of an unidentified 21-year-old man in an alley. He had been shot once in the chest.
"There are no suspects and no leads in the case just yet, and the victim's family has not yet been notified," Prince George's County police spokeswoman Sgt. Tora Coates said.
Meanwhile, the District ended the year with two homicides that occurred within about an hour of each other in Northeast, bringing the city's 2001 total to 233.
Metropolitan Police officers found Walter Louis Coates, 67, shot in the chest in the 400 block of 59th Street NE.
He had been walking to a midnight prayer service at Beulah Baptist Church at 59th and Dix streets. Mr. Coates was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center and was pronounced dead at 10:53 p.m.
"This type of senseless violence the killing of a senior citizen going to church is the type that just sickens you," said Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer.
There are no suspects or motive in the case. Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
About an hour earlier, D.C. police officers had responded to a call about a stabbing in the 1400 block of Downing Street NE. About 9:15 p.m., police found Katrina Stone, 29, who had been stabbed several times. Mrs. Stone was taken to Howard University Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m.
Police arrested Regina Barnes, 25, at the scene and charged her with second-degree murder while armed.
The stabbing was the result of a heated argument between the two women, police said.
Chief Gainer said he was disappointed about the year-end homicide totals but was optimistic the District would fare better this year. "We ended with 233 including the two last night, which troubles me," he said, "but that's a slight decrease. We had 240 last year."
In the other Washington suburbs:
Montgomery County recorded 18 homicides last year, up from 15 in 2000.
Fairfax County had 12 homicides last year, the same as in 2000.
Arlington County had two homicides last year, excluding the 189 persons who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Arlington had seven homicides in 2000.
Alexandria had three homicides last year, and four in 2000.


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