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UPDATE: Police Charge Two in Metro Station Shooting

Teen boys from Rockville are charged as adults.

Update, Saturday, May 19, 9:15 a.m.:

Two juveniles from Rockville have been charged as adults in Friday's shooting at the Rockville Metro station, city police announced in a news release on Saturday.

Kevin Q. Nguyen, 16, of the 300 block of North Van Buren Street, and Tavares D. Harris, 17 of the 700 block of Fallsgrove Drive, have both been charged with the following:

  • One count of attempted first-degree murder.
  • One count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
  • One count of use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony.
  • One count of first-degree assault.

Both teens are being held without bail in the county jail in Rockville, according to online court records. They are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. on June 1 in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville.

Update 9:25 p.m.:

One person is under arrest and another is in custody in connection with a double shooting at the Rockville Metro station on Friday afternoon, police said.

The victims, a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

A male suspect was under arrest and another male, who police called a “person of interest,” was being interviewed by police early Friday evening, Rockville City Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said.

City, county and Metro transit police swarmed the station after a report of gunfire at 2:38 p.m., said Maj. Tim Marsh, a city police spokesman. Eight minutes later, police took a suspect into custody, Marsh said.

The 16-year-old male victim, who was found in the pedestrian tunnel at the station’s east entrance, near the Kiss & Ride just off Park Road, knew the suspected shooter and “appeared to be the target,” Marsh said. The male victim and the suspect were involved in “an ongoing dispute,” Marsh said.

The woman did not appear to have any connection to the dispute between the victim and the suspect, Marsh said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was captured at the  on North Washington Street in Rockville Town Center, Marsh said.

“The investigation is continuing and information surrounding the charges or bond status will be forthcoming as soon as available,” said a city news release emailed at 8:15 p.m.

Saleem Khan said he was working behind the counter of the gas station on Friday afternoon when a young man entered.

“He bought a soda,” Khan said. “He walked outside and boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.”

Police swarmed the young man from all sides, Khan said.

An NBC4 news helicopter captured video of the suspect being taken into custody.

The gas station was shut down as police temporarily blocked part of N. Washington Street and searched the station’s convenience store for a weapon, Khan said. Police abandoned their search after 45 minutes when an officer said the weapon was found near the Metro station, according to Khan.

Police recovered a handgun that they believe was used in the shooting, Marsh said. He did not say where it was found.

A second person, who police called a “person of interest” with regard to the shooting, was located later in the day on Elmcroft Boulevard in the King Farm neighborhood, Treschuk said.

It was not clear if the person was with the suspected shooter at the time of the shooting, Marsh said.

The Rockville Metro station remained open and train and bus service were not affected by the incident, which occurred just before the heart of the Friday rush hour. Commuters returning from work passed baseball fans headed to Nationals Park for a game between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles as police removed tape from the crime scene shortly before 5 p.m.

Police are asking anyone who was present at the Rockville Metro station during the incident and who has information to call the Rockville City Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 240-314-8938.

Update, 7:55 p.m.: Police are interviewing a "person of interest" they had sought after Friday's double shooting at the Rockville Metro station, Rockville City Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said. The person, a male, was located on Elmcroft Boulevard in the King Farm neighborhood, Treschuk said.

Update, 4:59 p.m.: Police say the suspect was taken into custody and placed under arrest eight minutes after the inital call at 2:38 p.m. He was caught by police at the on North Washington Street.

A handgun was recovered—believed to be the weapon involved in the incident.

Update, 4:32 p.m.: Rockville Police say they have a suspect in custody in the shooting at the Rockville Metro station that occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Two people were shot and suffered what police are calling "non-life threatening injuries." One was a 16-year-old male, who was known to the suspect, police said. The other, an 18-year-old woman, who was not connected to an "ongoing dispute" between the suspect and the male victim. 

There was no interruption of transportation service at the Rockville station, said Maj. Tim Marsh of the Rockville City Police Department, who held a press conference at the scene of the incident.

Marsh said police are searching for a person of interest who is not in custody at this time. Marsh was not able to provide a description of that person, but said police were looking to locate and speak to this person.

The 16-year-old victim was found in the tunnel with one gun shot wound. The suspect was taken into custody near the Metro station.

Update, 4:11 p.m.: Montgomery County Police reported that a shooter is in custody, a handgun recovered and a second possible suspect is still being sought.

Original post: Two people were shot Friday afternoon at the Rockville Metro station, said Capt. Oscar Garcia of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

The shootings took place about 2:40 p.m., he said.

"We are confirming a male with multiple gunshot wounds, serious life-threatening injuries," Garcia said. "We are confirming the second patient is a female she [who] has non life-threatening injuries."

He did not provide ages of the victims.

At first, reports incorrectly said it involved a BB gun, he said. Garcia could not offer any specifics to the type or caliber of the weapon.

Emergency medical personnel staged about a block away until the police deemed the area safe, he said.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said trains were not affected.

Patch will continue to provide details as they become available. 

Brigitta Mullican May 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
So sorry to read this news. God be with the families dealing with this tragic situation.
Sharon May 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Shooting-Near-Rockville-Metro-Station-152068975.html
Peter Motton May 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The only surprising thing about this shooting is that it has only just occurred. I frequently ride Metro to and from the Rockville Metro Station and am always uneasy, especially after dark, about the large number of people just hanging around all day long at the exits. I make a beeline for my car and no eye contact, as all the other car parkers seem to do. There is no visible police presence.
Sharon May 18, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Great updates, Sean ansd Katie. Allowed for me to give former coworkers @ Parklawn information that was beneficial for their own awareness & safety.
Theresa Defino May 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I ride metro frequently as well and have never experienced what you describe.
Theresa Defino May 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I don't understand if the shooting happened at the Metro how the Shell employee could have heard shots.
Mike king May 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
U think that was something the kid who is named as person of interest is on YouTube with the same gun used @ shooting & also other BIG guns. Why didn't some one say something at school. Look for your self YouTube video y2c x episode 1 that's the title you will be shocked
Heather May 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Read it again he went in the buy a soda and the cashier said all of a sudden Boom, boom, boom the police cornered the guy.

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