Suspected Father Among Three Charged Over Fatally Shooting Pregnant Teen J'Lyn Quinones

Police have charged three people in connection with the fatal shooting of a pregnant teenager, including the man who is believed to be baby's father.

Mother-to-be J'Lyn Quinones, 18, was shot dead as she crossed the street with a friend in Capitol Heights, Maryland, last Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Officers saw the pair were in distress and running toward Southern Avenue and found both had been shot. They were quickly rushed for emergency medical treatment, but Quinones died of her injuries shortly after they arrived.

Her unborn baby was delivered during emergency surgery, according to a statement released Sunday by the Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD).

Quinones' baby remains in the hospital and is expected to survive, read the statement. The second woman's injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Officers later apprehended Malik Johnson, 21, his brother Michael Johnson, 22, and 23-year-old Bianca McDuffie, all of Washington D.C., in connection with the shooting.

Malik Johnson was charged with first and second-degree murder as well as "two counts of attempted first and second degree murder in connection with the surviving shooting victim as well as the newborn baby."

Michael Johnson and McDuffie were charged with accessory after the fact—first-degree murder—for allegedly assisting Malik in evading arrest after the shooting. All three were found in McDuffie's home.

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A PGPD spokesperson said: "Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Malik Johnson as the shooter. His brother, Michael, had been involved with Quinones and is believed to be the baby's father."

All three suspects are currently in custody in Washington, D.C. and are awaiting extradition to Prince George's County.

Police did not comment on the motive behind the shooting and said the investigation was ongoing.

Quinones' mother, Christina Dews told Fox5 DC: "She was definitely looking forward to being a mom."

"Violence has increased in Prince George's County and in Washington D.C. and we have to do something about it," she added.

According to Fox5 DC, homicides are up 100 percent for the first three months of the year in Prince George's County. They are up 41 percent through April 23 in Washington, D.C. compared to last year.

Anyone who has any information that could assist officers is urged to call the homicide unit at 301-516-2512.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 1-886-411-TIPS (477), or 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 21-0017572.

Michael Johnson was arrested with his brother
Police have charged three people in connection with the fatal shooting of a pregnant teenager. One of the suspects, Michael Johnson, is believed to be the baby's father. PGPD