Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting in the city of Bowie. The victim is 27-year-old Derrick Whittaker of Huntsworth Court in Capitol Heights. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random crime.

On January 20th, at about 11:45 am, Bowie Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Pennypacker Lane for the sound of gunshots. Prior to their arrival on scene, Whittaker had already been driven to a local hospital. He had been shot in the upper body and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives are working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, 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.)