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Police Hope to Foster Closer Ties to Community as Investigation into the Germantown Park Shooting Co

UPDATED: 1:25 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Montgomery County Police detectives and officers from the 5th District in Germantown are continuing to investigate the events leading up to the violent outbreak of gunfire surrounding what should have been a solemn occasion on Tuesday night, and are hoping the event will foster a closer relationship with community members, as both groups search for answers.

The shooting of a 21-year-old adult male victim happened shortly before 8:15 pm on May 15 in the Germantown Park neighborhood. The violence occurred as many local residents gathered for a vigil to remember 18-year-old Genesis McCarter-Berretto, a former resident of the neighborhood, who was shot and killed while attending a post-prom house party in Frederick on Sunday, May 13.

The unidentified victim was shot once in the head. MCPD reported that the victim remains in the hospital in stable condition and it appears that the injuries do the gunshot are not life threatening.

According to Lt. Amy Daum, with the 5th District in Germantown, “Our investigators are working very, very diligently with a number of different units without our police department and other police departments to put this incident to bed. It is something that we are working very hard to bring to a close.”

Daum would not give any specifics about the investigation and would not say if police believe the shooting was directly connected to the death of McCarter-Berretto. “Our investigation is ongoing, and our investigators are collaborating with investigators in Frederick to determine if there is any type of link between the two. This is a very new investigation,” said Daum via a phone interview on Wednesday afternoon, “while we are past the beginning stages we are not to the point where I can comment on any connection between the two incidents.”

She confirmed that while police did detain a number of individuals after the shooting on Tuesday night, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident. Daum said no arrests were made in the Germantown Park neighbor at all on Tuesday night after the vigil and shooting.