Homicide: Police Seeking Man For Thursday Night Murder

County police found a man suffering from trauma to his body earlier tonight.

Update, March 25, 6:30 p.m.: Police are looking for James Allen Payne, 29, in connection with Thursday night's murder. An arrest warrant has been obtained charging Payne with first degree murder. 

Preliminary investigations revealed that Lawton, Jr. and Payne were involved in a neighbor dispute during which Payne used a handgun to shoot the victim. 

If you have information about Payne's whereabouts, contact county police.

Update, March 25, 12:25 p.m.: Police have identified the victim in Thursday night's homicide as Gregory Lucious Lawton, Jr., 31, of the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills.

Original Post: Police are investigating a homicide at the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills.

According to reports, Prince George's County Police received a call tonight about 9:35 p.m., for a shooting.  When they arrived on scene they found an unconscious man with body trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are working to establish a motive and suspect information.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the county police department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.

Patch will update you on this case as more information becomes available.

Gloria March 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM
This is outrageouse my husband lost his brother February 25, 2011 for no apparent reason. He was shot (5) time. This gentleman work as a security guard at Ashton Heights Apartments in Suitland Maryland. He was one of the nicest security personnel that work at our cosigniere desk. Very pleasant, polite and courteaous to us. This is unbelieveable . What is wrong with these people. He didn't deserve this to happen to him. My prayers goes out to him and his children. He loved his children and always talk about them. I just have a hard time digusting this when I saw this on the news this morning.
barbara March 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM
boy my heart is heavy.we could not have had a better person was brave,strong, polite,kind and a gentleman.he loved people and he loved his job as a security officer.officer lucus we had a jewell and know he was a part of the ashton heights family.we will miss you gregg and for all of you who dont remember, gregg was a hell of a server at outback.love you boy and my prayers to the family.we are here for you to.ms.b.
Evajowarner February 03, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I am praying for the Lawton family cause Gregory didn't have to be killed in that manner help them seek justice whoever did this will regret it.


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