March 24, 2011

Police charge Olney man with two counts of first-degree murder in shootings

Montgomery police charged 35-year-old Rohan J. Goodlett of the 19500 block of Olney Mill Road in Olney with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two men in that community.

He lives in the same block as Nazir Ahmed, 81, who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his home just after 5 p.m. Friday. He was shot in the back of the head, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said.

Punyasara W. Palkumbure Gedara, 41, of the 3400 block of Bantry Way in Olney was shot Monday afternoon as he was walking home from his job at Subway in the Fair Hill Shopping Center, about six blocks from his house. He was walking in the 3400 block of North High Street when he was shot three times, Manger said.

Manger said the 9 mm bullet rounds found at both homicide scenes came from the same weapon, but they do not have the weapon.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said Goodlett has a history of mental illnesses.

He has been under the care of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, McCarthy said. Manger said Goodlett was in police custody the past two days on drug charges. SOURCE: Gazette

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