Montgomery murders rise in 2017 with latest death

2017 will go down in the books with more local homicides than last year.

In the latest, Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Germantown man who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his residence at the Acclaim of Germantown apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

First responders found Andrew Douglas Turner in his apartment after a caller contacted 911 to report the shooting. 

“Investigators are not confirming a motive at this time,” said Capt. Paul Starks, MCP spokesman.

According to Montgomery County Public Schools, Turner was a 2017 graduate of Watkins Mill High School. 

Three days earlier on Dec. 13, a double shooting occurred at 6:20 p.m. in the parking lot of a McDonald’s at 19660 Gunners Branch Road in Germantown. Starks said there is no indication “at this time” to believe the events are related.

The victims of the shooting ran from the parking inside the McDonald’s to the order area, police said. A 26-year-old suffered from a gunshot wound to his upper body and a 27-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to his lower body. Both men were taken to a local hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Starks said one of the victims was not cooperating with investigators. Police believe the victims have some sort of association with the shooters.

There have been 20 homicides this year so far in Montgomery County, one more than the 19 homicides reported in 2016, according to police.

Montgomery County’s Crime Solvers program is offering a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided on either incident that results in an arrest or indictment of suspects. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Anyone with information about the Turner homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes division at 240-773-5070; anyone with information regarding the double shooting at the McDonald’s in Germantown is asked to call the 5th District Police Station at 240-773-6237.


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