Target Parking Lot Murder Victim Was Germantown Resident
Montgomery County Police have released the identity of the 24-year-old woman who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of the Target store in Germantown last night.
The woman has been identified as Mariam Folashade Adebayo, age 24, of Germantown. According to WUSA news, she was a graduate of Seneca Valley High School and a graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013.
Police say she was shot and killed by Donald Wayne Bricker, Jr., 27, of Hagerstown. Bricker remains in police custody in the hospital with injuries suffered after crashing the Ford Ranger pickup truck he was driving while leading police on a chase through western Montgomery County. He is being charged with first degree murder.
At 7:303 pm, Monday evening on June 1, police received multiple calls for a in the parking lot in front of the Target located at 20908 North Frederick Road in Germantown. Officers responded to the area and located the victim, Mariam Folashade Adebayo.
Multiple witnesses at the scene observed an altercation in a vehicle between Adebayo and Bricker, according to police. Witnesses stated that at some point during the altercation, Adebayo exited the vehicle to get away from Bricker. The suspect then exited the vehicle holding a
handgun. Bricker fired the gun in the direction of Adebayo and she fell to the ground. Bricker was then observed walking up to Adebayo and shooting her again. Bricker then fled from the scene in a white, older model, Ford pickup truck.
Police believe the shooting was domestic in nature, and that the suspect and victim had planned to meet at the shopping center to talk. Interviews with the victim’s family and friends revealed that Adebayo and Bricker had been dating for approximately six months and had recently ended the relationship, according to police.
At approximately 7:42 p.m., an officer located Bricker’s vehicle in the area of Comus Road and Old Hundred Road in Dickerson. Officers then initiated their cruisers’ emergency lights and sirens. When the suspect failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated, according to MCPD.
Bricker then led police on a high-speed pursuit on the rural roads in far western Montgomery County, according to police reports heard over a police scanner. In Dickerson, Bricker began heading south on Rt. 28 with officers in pursuit. Pursuing officers communicated over the radio that the suspect reached speeds of 80- or 90-miles per hour as he sped eastbound on Rt. 28 before crashing.
At approximately 8:12 pm., according to police, in the area of the 15800 block of Darnestown Road, the Bricker’s vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle collision between Black Rock Road and Whites Ferry Road. At that time officers arrested Bricker and he was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the collision. A handgun was recovered at the collision scene. Officers seized the vehicle which contained evidence related to the crime.
Bricker is a registered sex offender after a 2008 conviction for Sexual Offense in the Third Degree in Washington County, which means sexual contact without the consent of the victim, along with an aggravating factor, like causing or putting in fear of serious physical injury. A Third Degree Sexual Offense also includes a case in which the perpetrator has sexual contact with mentally disabled victim, or victim under age 14 with the perpetrator being four years older, or a sexual act with victim 14- or 15-years old.
Bricker has had other run-ins with police, in December 2007 he plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident which took place in on July 25, of 2007 also in Washington County. He was arrested and charged with other crimes in association with that incident but was not prosecuted, according to court records.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.
Top: The scene at the Target parking lot in Germantown, as MCFRS EMTs attempt to save Germantown resident Mariam Folashade Adebayo after the shooting on Monday night.