Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred this evening in Wheaton.
This evening at approximately 7:00 p.m., 4th District officers and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a parking garage outside of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road for the report of a shooting and a related vehicle collision that had just occurred.
Responding officers located a vehicle which had struck a brick support column outside of the front of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Officers located an adult male front-seat passenger outside of that vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Responding officers located the adult female driver and a juvenile female passenger inside the vehicle suffering from injuries that they sustained as a result of the collision. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the male victim was shot from outside of the vehicle on the first level of the parking garage. Detectives believe that the female driver of the vehicle struck the building while fleeing.
Detectives believe that prior to the shooting, the male victim may have been involved in two earlier disputes that occurred inside the mall with approximately six male suspects. This shooting is an ongoing investigation and detectives are working to confirm additional details. Information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the identity of the suspect(s) involved is urged to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. Tipsters will remain anonymous.