Mother, baby found slain inside home

Police suspect victims were targeted

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006

A woman and an infant were found dead Tuesday in Laurel when Prince George’s County police officers responded to a call for shots being fired, police said. The call came at about 12:15 p.m.

Witnesses reported hearing shots fired outside of a single-family home in the 13700 block of Engleman Drive, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Debbi Carlson.

Lisa Laverne Brown, 22, and her 9-month-old daughter were found by the police in an upstairs bedroom. They had both been shot and were pronounced dead on the scene, Carlson said.

Investigators said there were no obvious signs of forced entry and believe the victims were targeted.

‘‘[Police] are currently looking into the possibility that this was not a random act, but they’re not elaborating any more on that right now,” Carlson said.

Lt. Joe Aiello, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department, said Brown had taken out a peace order against Malik Samartaney.

‘‘A peace order is [taken out when] somebody that you have knowledge of, that you’re not having a relationship with, that you’re wishing not bother you anymore,” Aiello said.

The order was issued in District Court on Dec. 1, he said.

Neighbors said they thought whoever owned the home rented it out.

‘‘There have been as many as 15 to 17 people living in that house [at one time],” said a neighbor (that declined to provide his name for fear of retaliation) who was outside raking leaves when he heard what turned out to be two gunshots. ‘‘I thought someone was hitting the garage with a hammer but when I looked up I didn’t see anybody.”

Matin Shaikh, Brown’s next door neighbor, said he’s lived there for 20 years and could not remember anything of this magnitude happening in the community before.

Another neighbor, who has also lived in his home for 20 years but declined to provide their name for fear of retaliation, said the neighborhood has always been nice, but it went downhill when the owner of the house where Brown lived started renting it out. He said the house had been cited by the police before asking the residents to ‘‘clean up” the home.

‘‘If they clean up that house it would go back to being a nice neighborhood,” he said. ‘‘It’s a shame that something like this had to happen.”

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