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Metro Transit Police arrest suspect in Red Line shooting

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jermaine brown 1Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, in connection with a shooting incident on a Red Line train near Takoma station. COURTESY PHOTO Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, of Seat Pleasant on Sunday in connection with a shooting that occurred on the  Red Line  near Takoma Metro Station the same day.

The shooting occurred aboard a Red Line train before the train crossed the D.C. border to reach Takoma Metro Station around 3 p.m., Metro officials said. The victim, Brown’s 14-year-old half-brother, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A Metro Transit Police officer at Takoma rendered first aid to the victim, who was transported to a local hospital and remained in stable condition as of Monday morning.

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Three men held without bond in Northwest HS murders

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NW HS murder suspectsArrested Saturday in connection with the murders of two Northwest High School students, (pictured left to right) suspects Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Jose Canales-Yanez and Roger Garcia will be held without bond. COURTESY PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – The three men police arrested and charged Saturday night in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students are to be held without bond after a bond hearing Monday.

Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett decided that Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez , 25, and Roger Garcia, 19 are to be held with no bond. Garcia-Gaona, CanalesYanez and Garcia are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to the murders of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov.

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Learning lessons the hard way

UntitledWednesday morning, shortly after I got up to go to work, I received a tweet that would change my day and should change our world.
While practicing for a charity baseball game, a GOP congressman (Steve Scalise) apparently got shot by a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois.
Witnesses say there were as many as 100 shots fired, five people injured and the Capitol police along with the congressman’s security (he’s the majority whip and as a member of the leadership had security with him) “attacked” and took down the shooter.
The immediate, chilling affect soon gave way to accusations and finger pointing.
Again, we ask, “How can this happen?”

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County police investigating double homicide in Montgomery Village

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Montgomery County police are investigating a double homicide of two high school students that occurred inside a vehicle on the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village Monday night.

Police identified the victims as a 17-year-old boy, Shadi Adi Najjar of Breezedale Lane in Germantown, and an 18-year-old man, Artem S. Ziberov, of Flag Harbor Drive in Germantown on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said both victims were seniors at Northwest High School and were scheduled to graduate Tuesday.

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Burtonsville man found murdered in his home

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ROCKVILLE – A Burtonsville man died last week after someone shot him in the chest.

Montgomery County Police said they found Syed Asad Hassan in his home at 4500 Sandy Spring Road with a gunshot wound in his chest Aug. 23.

The 22-year-old later died at a nearby hospital.

Police arrested two people who were at the scene of the fatal shooting last week and charged them with possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.

“This is not your average possession with intent to distribute (case). This is possession with intent to distribute associated with a homicide,” said prosecutor Patrick Mays.

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Friends and family remember victim of Aspen Hill shooting

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Family and friends of Claudina Molina gathered last week on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church to pay their last respects and say their last goodbyes to her, the final victim of the shooting that occurred at Aspen Hill and Westfield Mall.

Melissa Altamarino, Moilna’s daughter, said she is still processing that fact that mother died, and the harder part will be accepting how she died.

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"God Please Don't Let Me Go"

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Local man recalls getting shot after coming to the aid of woman he never met

Carl Unger picCarl Unger, pictured above, along with his good friend Malcom Winffel, saved a local woman's life during a recent shooting at Westfield Montgomery Mall. COURTESY PHOTO

What many called heroic, Carl Unger called mundane and his wife says is just an example of the heart of her “Gentle Giant.”

When a gunman opened fire at the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Friday, May 6, Unger and his good friend Malcom “Mike” Winffel came to the aid of a woman screaming for help.

“She was (saying) ‘Please help me.’ She got in between Mike (and I). We must’ve been blocking his way because he reached out for her and at the same time he just started shooting,” Unger said.

Unger said Winffel was in front of him when the gunman opened fire.

Winffel died in the gunfire and Unger found himself seriously injured.

“I was (saying) ‘God please don’t take me, please don’t let me die,’” Unger said.

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