Montgomery County shooting may have been gang-related attack
Eber Umanzor (Courtesy of Montgomery County Police)
By Dan Morse and Victoria St. Martin July 31 at 12:07 PM
The 18-year-old shot along a street in Wheaton, Md., this week appears to have been the target of a gang-related attack, authorities said Thursday morning.
Detectives have charged two suspects — ages 13 and 19 — with attempted murder and other counts, according to court records and police officials. Police said the 13-year-old was the shooter. The female victim survived and has been released from the hospital.
Detectives think the suspects are associated with the “Little R” gang, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said Thursday. Detectives believe that gang members thought the victim was divulging information about gang activity to police, according to Starks, and the two suspects conspired to shoot her as an act of retaliation.
Police identified the 19-year-old as Eber Umanzor, of the 3000 block of University Boulevard, Kensington. He was being held without bond Thursday morning.
Police did not release the name of the 13-year-old because he has been charged as a juvenile. He was being detained at a juvenile detention facility in Rockville.
Just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, 911 operators “received an open line call with sounds of a female in distress,” police said in a statement. The operators determined the call had come from the area of Plyers Mill Road and Douglas Avenue, which is several blocks south of downtown Wheaton.
Soon after, police learned the 18-year-old was at a nearby emergency room being treated for gunshot wounds.
Detectives determined she and a friend had been swapping texts with the 13-year-old, who was an acquaintance. They all agreed to meet near a store in the Wheaton area. The meeting apparently never took place, and the victim and her friends began walking to one of their homes.
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