SILVER SPRING — A husband and wife and one of their children died after an apparent murder-suicide in a Colesville neighborhood home on Monday, Montgomery County Police said.
Police responded to a residence on the 100 block of Amberleigh Drive following a report of multiple people shot at that address at 12:06 a.m. Monday. Police said they believe, based on detectives’ investigation, that Yong Mun Kim, age 57, shot family members, including his 48-year-old wife, Sang Yeon Kim, 10-year-old son Andy Kim, an 11-year-old unnamed daughter, Sang Kim’s 22-year-old daughter and then himself.
Neighbors said they were surprised when they learned of the shooting on the news Monday.
According to police, Yong Kim and Sang Kim were dead when officers as well as members of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue arrived at their home and Andy Kim died later at a nearby hospital. Authorities also found the 11-year-old and 22-year-old daughters in critical condition suffering from gunshot wounds when they reported to the home. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue transported them to nearby hospitals. Police confirmed the 22-year-old woman is Sang Kim’s daughter from a previous relationship and that Yong Kim is the father of the two children found at the scene.
Later that day, 11-year-old Nardos, accompanied by her grandparents who asked not to be named, said she is friends with the Kims’ young daughter, and that they both attend Argyle Middle School. Nardos, who started sixth grade with the girl a few weeks ago, said she noticed that the daughter was not in math class or advisory class Monday.
Other neighbors said they were shocked to hear about the crime, adding that they never expected a domestic shooting to occur in their neighborhood.
“In this neighborhood, something like this wouldn’t happen,” said neighbor Amit, who said he did not want to give his last name. “We are all people who are educated and working people. You never expect something like this in this neighborhood.”
Amit said the news of the shooting was “so shocking.”
His daughter, Anannya, said she was at Argyle Middle School when she learned the news. Her school principal told her.
“My principal told me whose house it was and what happened,” said Anannya, age 12 and a seventh grader.
“It’s very unexpected,” said John, another neighbor who said he did not want to give his last name. “They’re a happy family with a lot of kids,” he added. “They seemed very happy when they were here.”
John said in addition to the two children and the young woman mentioned by police, the Kims had another daughter who moved out about two years ago, after a disagreement with Yong Kim. He did not know what the disagreement was about.
He said one day two years ago, Andy Kim and the Kims’ youngest daughter came over to his house to play when they got home from school because no one was home.
“I haven’t spotted anything going wrong [with the family],” said John.