PICTURED: Peyton John “PJ” Evans

LANDOVER, Md. —  The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has charged an arrested three suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of the 8-year-old Peyton John “PJ” Evansin August. They are 21-year-old Desmond Nkwocha of the 9800 block of Good Luck Road, 23-year-old Mark Nkwocha also of the 9800 block of Good Luck Road and 23-year-old George Shamman of the 3800 block of 64th Avenue.

Desmond Nkwocha

Mark Nkwocha

George Shamman


On August 24, 2021 officers responded to the 1600 block of Brightseat Rd for reports of a shooting.  Once on scene, officers discovered the child suffering from a gunshot wound.  The child was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed that a group of adults were gathered outside of the residence when the three suspects approached in a white colored sedan. One occupant from that white sedan fired shots toward the area that this group was gathered. 

The child, who was not outside, was struck by gunfire and subsequently was pronounced deceased.

All three suspects have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder and weapons related charges. They are in the custody of the department of corrections.

The arrestees are waiting to see a court commissioner to determine bond status.

If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives at 301-516-2512.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 21-0038549