Montgomery County Police, responding to a report of a suspicious situation, found Maurice Cortez Mercer, 30, dead from a gunshot wound in his home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown on Jan. 3. Police did not reveal who contacted authorities.
Maryland judiciary case records indicate Mercer had an extensive criminal history. He has pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance/conspiracy, possession of marijuana, malicious destruction of property and illegal gaming.
According to online records, Mercer also had a post office box registered in Olney.
Police are thus far unable to confirm whether a possible motive for Mercer's killing was related to his criminal history.
“At this point in Mercer’s [case], we’re unable to confirm motive,” Starks said. “Investigators are looking at it.”
Montgomery County Police are investigating the possibility that Mercer’s homicide may be linked to an earlier homicide and one double shooting that took place in Germantown over the past several weeks.
“It’s still too early in the investigation to know,” Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said. “That is something an investigator will try to confirm one way or another. Thus far, we have not been told of anything that indicates those are linked. Right now, it appears they are separate events.”
On Dec. 16, police discovered 18-year-old Andrew Douglas Turner in his home on Falling Water Circle, in the Acclaim of Germantown apartment complex, dead from a gunshot wound. Turner was a recent graduate of Watkins Mill High School, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.
Three days earlier, on Dec. 13, two men ran for cover inside a McDonald’s restaurant at 19660 Gunners Branch Road while being shot at in the parking lot. The victims, 26-year-old and 27-year-old males, were treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds before being released. Police said one of the victims refused to cooperate with police.
Anyone with information regarding the homicide investigations is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).