Sus­pect sought in slay­ing of Lexington Park woman, 26

Her cousin also wounded out­side Wal­dorf night­club

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON and JOHN WHAR­TON arichard­son@somd­news.com jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

An ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued for the sus­pected shoot- er who re­port­edly opened fire out­side a crowded sports bar in Wal­dorf, killing one per­son and wound­ing an­other, short- ly af­ter a fight broke out in- side dur­ing the early morn­ing hours on Satur­day.

Po­lice are ac­tively seek­ing An­thony Dan­gelo Wilkins, 33, of Wal­dorf, ac­cused of fir­ing sev­eral shots, one which fa­tally struck Mi­aquita Gray, 26, of Lexington Park in the up­per body, out­side the Beer 4 U sports bar, ac­cord­ing to a Charles County Sher­iff’s Office spokesper­son. An­other round grazed the leg of a 24-year-old man, a cousin of

the slain woman.

Gray, who did not ap­pear to be the in­tended tar­get, died shortly af­ter at a nearby hospi­tal, the spokesper­son said.

Around 1:25 a.m. on Satur- day, sher­iff’s office deputies re­sponded to the sports bar lo­cated at 2177 Crain High­way for a re­ported shoot­ing, po­lice stated. Through their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives de­ter­mined a man was as­saulted in­side the bar by a group of sus­pects, just min­utes be­fore. When the 24-year-old man, also ac­quaint- ed with the man who had been at­tacked, went out­side to speak with Gray in the park­ing lot, Wilkins al­legedly pulled out a gun and fired sev­eral shots.

Gray, who worked as an as­sis­tant man­ager at a de­part- ment store in St. Mary’s Lau­rel Glen shop­ping cen­ter, was a 2008 grad­u­ate of Great Mills High School and took busi­ness cour­ses for two years at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to her mother, Delores Gray, a re­tired St. Mary’s cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer.

Mi­aquita Gray went to the club with some cousins, in­clud­ing one who was singing there that night in col­lab­o­ra­tion with her boyfriend, the club’s DJ, her mother said.

A group of peo­ple con­fronted the DJ in a bath­room, where they “beat him up and robbed him,” Delores Gray said, adding that her daugh­ter and her com­pan­ions went out­side, be­fore her cousin was wounded. “The bul­let that hit [him] in the leg killed my daugh­ter,” Delores Gray said. “It ric­o­cheted off him.”

When Mi­aquita Gray was not work­ing, her mother said, she en­joyed “go­ing to the beach and to the park, and go­ing with me shop­ping. She loved hav­ing lit­tle camp­fires [at the beach], and sit­ting, re­lax­ing and talk­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to her cousins, the young woman had two older broth­ers and a sis­ter.

“Most im­por­tant [to her] was fam­ily time,” her mother said. “They’re tak­ing it hard, re­ally hard. Every­body’s mad, and up­set.”

King, a pit-bull ter­rier, lived with Gray at her home in the Patux­ent Park neigh­bor­hood.

“She’s not here any­more,” her mother said, “so he’s been act­ing up.”

A prayer vigil for Mi­aquita Gray was planned for Tues­day evening.

“Her in­fec­tious smile lit up the world,” her mother said. “She loved life.”

Wilkins and other sus­pects in the case re­main at large, and a cash re­ward has been of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest.

An­thony Dan­gelo Wilkins is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds, has long hair he wears in corn rows, and has mul­ti­ple tat­toos on his neck, chest and arms. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Det. B. Buchanan at 301-609-6477. Tip­sters wish­ing to re­main anony­mous may con­tact Charles County Crime Solvers by call­ing 1-866411-TIPS, tex­ting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or sub­mit­ting tips on­line at tip­sub­mit.com.

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Mi­aquita Gray of Lexington Park was shot and killed at a bar in Wal­dorf.

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