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Drive-By Shooting in Germantown Leaves Teen Dead, Three Injured

One man has died, and three others were injured after a drive-by shooting in Germantown on a warm April night.

According to police, a group of people were standing in the parking lot in front of a townhouse community at the 18700 block of Curry Powder Lane in Germantown, when a vehicle drove through the dead-end street and opened fire on the group where they stood. The gunman struck, as many as four people and the unidentified vehicle exited the community at high speed.

The incident took place at about 9:15 pm on Wednesday, April 16. The 911 call taker told responding police units that multiple callers had reported hearing at least seven shots fired and lots of screaming, and someone scream “Get in the car!”

In the chaos following the shooting, two victims, two adult male victims immediately got in a car and left the scene in an attempt to get to a local hospital. Investigators say that 18-year-old Tray Dawkins, of Germantown, was driven to the Germantown Emergency Center on Germantown Road, where he succumbed to his injuries. The other adult male suffered non-life threatening injuries of a non-specific nature. Police located two other victims, one adult male and one teenage male at the scene of the shooting. Montgomery County Fire Rescue EMS units evaluated and transported the other victims to local hospitals.

Montgomery County Police officers and investigators were posted at the Germantown Emergency Center last night and had cordoned off a section of the parking lot surrounding a white vehicle which appeared to have at least one bullet hole in the right-front quarter panel. Germantown Pulse has also learned that investigators found bullet a hole in one of the building units in the 18700 block of Curry Powder Lane.

Montgomery County Police have not released any concrete information about the shooter’s vehicle, however, police scanner reports shortly after the call came in said the vehicle was a silver van or SUV, but those reports have not been confirmed by police officials. While the shooter remains at large, investigators do not believe that this was a random shooting.

The shooting resulted in a massive response from MCPD who flooded the Germantown Park neighborhood where the incident took place. For a short time Cinnamon Drive was closed as Fire Rescue and MCPD vehicles blocked traffic. Even after MCFRS units left the scene, Cinnamon Drive had rows of police cruisers parked as officers and detectives continued to investigate the shooting.

Detectives urge anyone with information regarding the incident or information about the suspect or suspects involved with this incident to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

This incident, which has shocked and saddened the community, marks the first homicide to take place in Germantown in 2019. The last shooting incident the Germantown Pulse reported on was a shooting that took place on March 8 near the intersection of Wisteria Drive and Laurel Grove Terrace. The victim, in that case, stated he was not injured, and the suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle. According to police, that shooting was also not a random incident.