July 15, 2010

Md. man charged with murder after shooting at Montgomery Co. house

Montgomery County detectives continued to probe a potentially thorny homicide case Wednesday that involved an armed victim, a man with whom he was arguing and an armed suspect who quickly turned himself in, officials said. The confrontation occurred about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the front yard of a home near Wheaton High School. Police identified the suspect as Larry A. Lamont, 27, of Silver Spring. Lamont was charged with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

He was expected to have a bond hearing on Thursday, according to county officials. Police identified the victim as Marcus D. Duffin, 27, of Gaithersburg. He was shot at least once in the upper body, police said. Based on the preliminary investigation, Lamont was at the home, in the 3300 block of Randolph Road, when Duffin arrived, police said. Duffin was looking for another man; he found him, and they began arguing, according to police. At some point, Duffin took out a handgun, police said. Lamont retrieved his own handgun from the residence, police said.

The confrontation continued in the front yard, according to police. Lamont then fired at Duffin, police said. Officers recovered two handguns connected with the incident. The shooting marks the county's 11th homicide of the year, police said. Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call 240-773-5070. SOURCE: Washington Post

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