The Blotter: Rockville Metro shooter pleads guilty

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Crime,Naomi Jagoda

Rockville Metro station shooter pleads guilty

A 17-year-old boy who shot two teens at the Rockville Metro station in May has pleaded guilty.

Kevin Nguyen, of Rockville, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun during a crime of violence in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday. He was charged as an adult and faces up to 50 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 12.

On May 17, one of the victims, a 16-year-old boy, was heard threatening to rob Nguyen, according to court documents. Nguyen and others who belonged to a local crew then met to develop a plan to retaliate.

The next afternoon, Nguyen and his group went to the Metro station after school and encountered the victim and his friends. Nguyen, armed with a gun, approached the boy and said, "I heard you wanted to rob me." The victim then replied, "Yeah, what are you going to do about it?" according to a statement Nguyen gave to police.

Nguyen then fired at the teenager. When the victim tried to flee by running through the tunnel, Nguyen chased after him and continued to shoot at him until he collapsed. A young woman who was not part of either group was also struck by a bullet during the incident.

Both victims survived.

Woman's body found in woods

A woman's body has been found in a wooded area in Laurel, police said.

The body was discovered at about 4 p.m. Sunday in the woods near the 9000 block of Route 1. Howard County police said there are no obvious signs of foul play in the woman's death.

Police believe the body may be that of a woman in her 40s who was reported missing a few weeks ago. The woman might have been homeless.

- Naomi Jagoda

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