Police Investigate Shooting Incident at Gaithersburg Apartment Building
Gaithersburg Police Detectives are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at 10:00 p.m. on March 26 in an apartment building in the 400 block of North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.
At 10:00 p.m. police received several calls from residents in the 400 block of North Frederick Avenue advising of the sounds of gunfire. Investigation revealed that three men arrived at the apartment building and engaged in a verbal dispute with three men inside one of the apartments. The dispute escalated and the two groups exchanged gunfire. One group retreated into the apartment, and the other group fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
Police evacuated the apartment building and cordoned off the area. The occupants of the apartment initially refused to come out for police and were observed throwing drugs and guns out a rear window of the apartment. The Montgomery County Police Emergency Response Team responded and a police negotiator was able to convince the occupants of the apartment to exit the apartment without incident.
No one was injured from the gunfire, but a woman who had been in the apartment injured her ankle as she attempted to escape from a third floor window. She was transported to an area hospital.
The residents of the apartment building were not allowed back into their homes for approximately four hours as the police investigated the incident.
The three men found in the apartment have been charged by the Gaithersburg Police with Reckless Endangerment; Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession of a Firearm While Engaged in Drug Trafficking; and Discharging a Firearm in the Urban Area. The identities of the three men charged are not being released at this time. The investigation is continuing. This incident is considered to be gang-related.