While MCPD detectives investigate the murder of an adult male, who was shot outside of a townhouse at 18630 Sage Way on Wednesday evening, neighbors say they have been waiting for something like to this to happen at that unit because it had become a drug den in recent months.
“That house has been a mess for a long time,” a neighbor told the Germantown Pulse, on the condition that she not give her name. “There have been drugs and other problems at that house. We’ve been waiting for something like this to happen.”
Fifth District-Germantown Police were called to the address at about 7:14 pm Wednesday night Dec. 16 for the report of gunshots. Arriving officers located an adult male outside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life-threatening injuries, was transported to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries, said police. Police have not identified the victim.
The shooter remains at large. Police could not release any information about the suspect. Police are investigating if this shooting is related to drug activity in the area, but were not able to narrow their focus at this time, said MCPD spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. He also said that investigators are looking into the possibility that there is some known association between the victim and suspect or suspects. Starks confirmed that MCPD had been called to the neighborhood for drug related issues in the past.
The neighbor told Germantown Pulse that after hearing eight to 10 gunshots, she walked to friend’s house and heard a man groaning in pain asking for help. He was lying on the ground outside the townhouse at 18630 Sage Way. She said the man had been shot in the leg, side, and chest. She said she went to attempt to help the man, and could see that he was bleeding from his leg. She lifted the victim’s head off the ground and cradled it in her lap. She said she did not recognize the man. She asked his name and who had shot him, but he could not answer, she said.
MCPD spokesman Starks said that it was natural for area residents to be concerned after a shooting like this. “These detectives are going to work around the clock on this case and if anybody knows anything about this incident they should come forward with information.”
On the scene at the investigation, Wednesday night were homicide investigators, including Capt. Darren Franke of the Major Crimes Division, and District Five Commander David Gillespie, along with the MCPD forensics unit.
Sage Way is in the Germantown Park section of Germantown, formerly known as Cinnamon Woods. The neighborhood recently rebranded itself in an effort to shed the negative connotations associated with the old name.
This is not the first time violent crime has visited Sage Way, in June of 2009 it was the scene of a drug-related home invasion by three masked men who bound and beat three residents for 45 minutes in an attempt to find what police at the time said was “drugs of money," according to an old Gazette news story.
Indeed, one neighbor told the Germantown Pulse that the 2009 home invasion happened in the same house that saw a man get murdered on Wednesday night. However, that could not be confirmed.
This homicide investigation is continuing, and detectives urge anyone who may have information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
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