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This story, originally published on Nov. 10, 2023 at 2 p.m., was updated on Nov. 11, 2023 at 6:05 p.m. to add the deceased victim’s identity and information on how to provide evidence or information to police.

“We need fire and rescue in here like now, so tell them to hurry up,” Montgomery County Police said over the radio.

This was said after two men were shot Friday afternoon in Montgomery Village, and one of them, Alan Garnica, 22, of Gaithersburg, died at the scene, according to police.

Montgomery County Police said they were dispatched around 12:26 p.m. to the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle for the sound of shots fired. The area is filled with a large apartment complex with multiple buildings.

Once they arrived at the scene, police said in radio transmissions that they found a Hispanic male with two gunshot wounds to the back, police said in a press release. He is 18 years old, police said in a press release. He was transported to Suburban Hospital with critical injuries, according to police.

Then, moments later, Garnica was reported shot in the 18300 block of Lost Knife Circle, and emergency personnel was dispatched at 12:55 p.m. to provide medical attention, according to radio communications.


When paramedic engine 708 arrived on the scene, they determined the second victim to be so grievously injured as to be “priority four,” according to radio transmissions. The Maryland Medical Protocols for EMS defines priority four as “not needing medical attention.”

Garnica was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Four suspects fled the scene, according to police radio. There are no suspects in custody, and this is an active and ongoing investigation, police said.


Police said they will release more information when it becomes available.

Police ask anyone with a home security system in the area to review their video footage and contact Major Crimes detectives at 240) 773-5070 with any evidence relevant to the shooting.

Also, police ask anyone with information about the suspect(s) or this crime to visit the Crime Solvers of Montgomery County website at www.crimesolversmcmd.org and click on the “www.p3tips.com” link at the top of the page or call 866-411-8477.  Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects, and tips can remain anonymous.  


According to DataMontgomery, this is the 25th homicide in 2023. There were 22 homicides in 2022.

Also, there was a shooting at the 18200 block of Lost Knife Circle over the summer on June 27.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.