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Two dead, suspect in custody following shooting at senior living facility in Capitol Heights

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-12 15:36:21-04

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. — Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody following a Friday morning shooting at a senior living facility in Capitol Heights.

Police say Roy Batson, 63, fatally shot and killed Mackeda Evans and Michelle Boateng.

Both women, 46, reportedly worked at the Gateway Village senior living community on Suffolk Avenue.

Batson and Boateng also apparently lived in the community.

Investigators believe an ongoing dispute between Batson and Evans may have led to the shooting.

Batson allegedly confronted Evans the day of the incident about some sort of violation notice he'd received earlier in the month.

As a police SWAT team swept the area for the shooter and other potential victims, they came across Batson laying down in a third floor hallway, with a gun nearby.

After being taken into custody, police say Batson admitted to the murders.

Upon his arrest police lifted a local shelter in place advisory, saying there was no longer any public safety threat.

Batson is currently being held without bail on first degree murder charges.