Montgomery County Police car. Credit: Em Espey

This post was updated at 3:30 p.m. to reflect that a suspect has been apprehended and the shelter lifted.

Five Montgomery Village schools entered a shelter-in-place after police responded to a nearby shooting, according to police and school officials. Two victims suffered nonfatal injuries, and no suspect has been apprehended.

Montgomery County Police Department received a call reporting the shooting at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday. Officers responded to the 9900 block of Lake Landing Road, a residential area off Montgomery Village Avenue, near Gaithersburg Library. There, police located two males of unknown age suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene, and the victims were transported to a nearby hospital, according to police spokesperson Lauren Ivey.

Five schools sheltered in place because of the active nature of the criminal activity—Watkins Mill High, Montgomery Village Middle, Watkins Mill Elementary, Whetstone Elementary and Stedwick Elementary— according to school district spokesperson Jessica Baxter.

“This is an active scene and ongoing investigation,” Ivey wrote to MoCo360 around 1:20 p.m. “No suspect is in custody at this time. We are very early in the investigation.”


Ivey responded an hour later with an update:

“A suspect is in custody. MCPD has advised that MCPS can lift the shelter-in-place. MCPS chooses to remain in shelter-in-place.”

MCPS communications director Jessica Baxter told MoCo360 in a 3:30 p.m. email that the shelters had since been lifted at all five schools and dismissals were “proceeding as normal.”