Editor’s Note as of Nov. 1: This is a developing story and the current version of this article reflects updates in the investigation. The Sentinel will provide more information as it becomes available.
SILVER SPRING – After finding an injured person at the scene of a car accident, Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced that they are investigating the incident near Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring on Oct. 31 as an auto theft crime.
According to MCP officials, officers responded to a report received at 7:18 a.m. of a collision on the 300 block of Wayne Avenue, across the street from Silver Spring International Middle School.
MCP reports that two males in hooded sweaters exited out of a 1999 Subaru Impreza SW after a car accident with a 2016 Honda Pilot, leaving behind a juvenile male in the back seat who appeared to be suffering from “traumatic injuries.” Public Information Officer Capt. Thomas Jordan confirmed that the juvenile male was transported to a local hospital.
“When we got here we found that the driver of the late-model Subaru took off and left the guy in the back seat and (when) we were looking at the guy in the back seat, (he appears to be) the victim of a shooting,” Jordan said.
Despite early indications that the victim suffered from gunshot wounds, a medical examination determined that all the injuries were caused in the accident.
“We don’t want to say shooting until we get word back from the hospital that confirms that because you can have injuries like puncture wounds that may look like (a gunshot wound) but it may not have been caused from (a gun) or it could have been part of the accident,” Jordan said when asked about the injury.
Police confirmed that the Honda Pilot involved in the accident was carrying four passengers. They were transported to an unnamed local hospital as a precaution with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers could not confirm how old the victim of the potential shooting is and medical professionals at the hospital will confirm that information. Jordan added that officers from the department’s Major Crimes Division would be working alongside MCP detectives and the Central Auto Theft Section.
“It’s a team effort, we just combine (officers from different departments) and then when it all shakes out we figure out which detectives end up doing the follow-ups,” he said.
Both Silver Spring International Middle School and Sligo Creek Elementary School went into a shelter-in-place as investigators go through the scene.
Police are asking anyone with information about the accident or the vehicles involved to call the Central Auto Theft Section at 240-773-6370. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest for this crime.