- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Police have identified a 23-year-old man killed during a shootout inside his Forestville apartment early Wednesday after a break in.

Deandre Yates was fatally shot inside his apartment, in the 6100 block of Surrey Square Lane, after someone forced their way in, according to Prince George’s County police. Even before police released Mr. Yates’ name, a police spokeswoman identified him as a promoter for the go-go band TCB, an association the manager of the band denies.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the apartment for a report of unknown trouble, said spokeswoman Cpl. Maria McKinney. Once inside the apartment unit, they found signs of forced entry and determined that Mr. Yates had exchanged gunfire with the person who shot him.

Police said Wednesday they do not have a description of the shooter and do not know the motive in the shooting.

TCB’s manager, Ben Adda, said he knew Mr. Yates, who also went by Mookie, through the local music scene but said that he was not a member or promoter of the band.

“Whatever happened, it had nothing to do with the band,” he said.

Mr. Yates’ photo was on a flier that promoted a concert in the District over the weekend for The Kingz, a band with similar members as TCB. But that was to let people know the event was partly to celebrate Mr. Yates’ birthday, Mr. Adda said.

“We promote them for their birthday,” Mr. Adda said of the band’s fans.

The mistaken association is a sore spot for the band, which the Prince George’s County police department has singled out in the past as a magnet for violence and has attempted to ban from playing at venues in the county.



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