Montgomery County Police are investigating a report of gunfire in the 12500 block of Wisteria Drive, which is very near Christa S. McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown.
Capt. Thomas Jordan, a spokesman with MCPD, confirmed to Germantown Pulse that officers from the 5th District in Germantown were investigating a shooting which happened at about 12:30 pm on Thursday, June 6. Police responded to the shooting call but found no victims with injuries. “The report came into police stating that someone was chasing another man with a gun,” said Jordan. It was reported that some type of altercation between two men had occurred leading one of the men to start shooting at the other. Both victim and suspect fled the area on foot.
Jordon said that no injuries were reported in the incident, and police had not released any information about arrests. However, at least two people were detained by police for questioning this afternoon. Detectives found evidence that a shooting occurred but found that no one had been injured. Preliminary investigation indicates this event was not random in nature.
According to Jordan, police notified the administration at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, which is located at 12500 Wisteria Drive, and the school went into the shelter-in-place mode. The school is situated in a way that puts it up a large hill and quite a bit removed from the location where the crime was alleged to have taken place.
Police set up a perimeter to attempt to search for suspects and out of caution, Seneca Valley High School, which is located about 1,000 yards from where the incident took place was also put into Shelter-In-Place mode. Marc Cohen, Principal at Seneca Valley, sent a letter home to the school community at about 2:30 pm on Thursday afternoon.
“This afternoon for a period of about 90 minutes, SVHS was in shelter as police investigated a report of a shooting in the community on the other side of Great Seneca Highway,” read the letter. “We had no reason to believe there was any threat of danger on or near SVHS property. Going into a shelter allowed us to limit movement in the building and provide even greater security around the perimeter of the property while the police responded to the report. We did this, out of an abundance of caution. All were cooperative, and dismissal was able to happen as scheduled.”
This is the third reported shooting in Germantown in two weeks and the second in the area of Christa McAuliffe Elementary in a week. Last Thursday night, May 30, at approximately 9:25 pm two people were shot in the 12600 block of Grey Eagle Court, which is on the other side of the school from today’s incident.
In that case, police said a 26-year-old male suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper body and a 21-year-old female suffering from a non-life-threatening injury to her lower body. Police have not released any information about arrests related to this case.
The third shooting incident took place back on Friday, May, 24 when police were called to the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive after a resident said that he witnessed an individual fire a round from a handgun in his direction. Thankfully, no one was injured, but police found a bullet hole in the exterior of the building. No arrests have been made in this case.
All three incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or an indictment for this crime. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Editors Note: This story was updated with new information after it was initially published.