Man dead after shooting inside Wheaton Metro station

Montgomery County police said a man is dead after a shooting at the Wheaton Metro Station. (WTOP/Scott Gelman)

A man is dead after a Thursday night shooting inside the Wheaton Metro station in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Montgomery County police said the 18-year-old man was shot inside the station just before 6 p.m.

“There was a confrontation between some individuals on the escalator, which led down to the platform, where shots were fired,” said Shiera Goff, director of public information for Montgomery County police. “The victim was part of that confrontation.”

Metro Transit Police Department initially said the shooting victim had been pronounced dead at the scene, but later said he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

In a statement Friday morning, police said he died at the hospital and the shooting is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said the confrontation began as a verbal one, but could not say what caused it and how many people were in the escalator. It is unclear if a train was on the platform at the time of the shooting. No suspects have been identified.

Police said no other bystanders at the station were injured in the shooting. “We are grateful that no one else was shot or killed during this incident,” Goff said.

WTOP’s Scott Gelman contributed to this report.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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