CAPITOL HEIGHTS Md. (AP) — Maryland police have announced that a resident of a senior living facility was charged with first-degree murder after he fatally shot two employees inside the facility.
Roy Batson (63), remains in custody under a no bond status, Prince George’s County Police said in a press release.
Batson, of Capitol Heights was accused of murdering 46-year old Mackeda Evans, Temple Hills, and 46 year-old Michelle Boateng, Capitol Heights. The incident occurred at Gateway Village senior living facility in Capitol Heights. Police said that Boateng lived and worked at the complex.
Police said that Batson confronted Evans Friday morning over a previous dispute in October about a violation notice. Police said that he admitted to entering his apartment and retrieving a firearm before returning to the first floor office area to shoot both victims.
Gateway Village is among the 310 communities that National Church Residences manages in 25 states. The company describes itself as “the largest provider of affordable senior housing” and offers a variety of services. The website states that the complex, located about a mile (0.8 km) east of Washington, includes studios and one-bedroom units suitable for seniors aged 62+.
The property is described on a county website as subsidized government housing designed for seniors with low incomes.