Robbery Cited as Motive in El-Atari Homicide

The Prince George’s County Police Department has charged two Maryland men with murder in the fatal shooting of a Leesburg man Saturday.

Eric Garris
Eric Garris

Police said Eric Garris, 29, of Waldorf, MD, and Taqwa Muhammad, 26, of Lusby, MD, robbed Osama El-Atari of several items and then shot him and fled.

Officers were called to the scene on Armstrong Lane in Upper Marlboro, MD, around 3:40 pm. Feb. 13. El-Atari was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garris and Muhammad are charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

Taqwa Muhammad
Taqwa Muhammad

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.