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Girl Shot Near Gaithersburg Library, Police Say May Have Been Accidental

A teenage girl is in the hospital after a shooting Friday near the Gaithersburg Library. Police say the incident was not a robbery.

A teenage girl is in the hospital after a shooting Friday near the Gaithersburg Library. File|Patch
A teenage girl is in the hospital after a shooting Friday near the Gaithersburg Library. File|Patch

A teenage girl was shot Friday near the Gaithersburg Library in what police have called an accident, reports WUSA TV.

Montgomery County Police say a 17-year-old girl was shot and is expected to survive. Officers said the shooting may have been over a jacket but that has yet to be determined. Authorities do not believe the incident was a robbery.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. at 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue and Christopher Lane.

The teen was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the TV station.

The library re-opened in January after a major renovation.

Sharon February 14, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Excerpt: "A teenage girl was shot Friday near the Gaithersburg Library in what police have called an accident, reports WUSA TV." Run that lunacy by me again! A shooting and wounding was "an accident"?????!!!! Are we all now toting guns like 'Bonnie and Clyde' openly in the Village (the Gaithersburg Library and Christopher Court community are indeed Montgomery Village...sadly!) that are 'accidentally going off on a whim'!!! "Oops, I didn't mean, when I pointed that in your face, for the gun to go off! My bad!"
Sharon February 14, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Gentleman interviewed got it right on the mark when he told newscaster that this area is SEEDY! Photos on TV showed police searching Christopher Court area as well. That is indeed considered Montgomery Village (and across the Village Avenue from 'Notorious Lost Knife'). I continue to laugh when Money Magazine in some fictitious survey somehow notes both Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village as "Best Place to Live". Are they surveying the thugs making a killing in this area?!! Or, apparently, Money Magazine decriminalized the use of marijuana quite some time ago and have been smokin' it for years when they come out with these survey results! Hummm!
c. sears February 14, 2014 at 07:23 PM
I agree with Sharon 100%!!!! I might have used different words than she, but the opinion would have been exactly the same! I moved to Montgomery Village in 1982 to have a nice, safe neighborhood for my daughter to play in and better schools for her to attend as she was a special needs student. She has since graduated from Gaith. High School and I thank God everyday that she is out of the school system now as I would probably be paying for a private school for her to attend today! We do not go to the mall anymore due to lots of crime IN the mall and in the parking lot. The end of the bus line has made this situation even worse and I am afraid to shop anywhere in that area after dark.One of the things that I find "crazy" are the parents of our young people wanting the Village to provide spaces for after school supervision, free of cost, for the troublesome teens that have been suspended from school or with other problems "pending" in the legal system. They seem to think that we don't provide enough activities to keep these problem students off the streets! Well, enough said...but I do feel quite strongly about this situation and all the guns on the streets today. Montgomery Village has gone to the "dogs" since 1982 and is still sliding down hill. We work hard to make a living and others work hard at getting guns to make their living! Looking for a way out! The crime here is over the top now with guns being involved in many of the incidents.
Sharon February 14, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Couldn't resist the lyrics from "Annie Get Your Gun" that should be piped in and playing 24/7 next to all the Flourishing flags hanging along the Village Avenue. "I didn't know the gun was loaded And I'm so sorry my friend I didn't know the gun was loaded And I'll never, never do it again. I didn't know the gun was loaded But regarding the gun that I toted All I did was hold it high and go .. BANG, PING, HUHH, ZSSS. I'll never, never do it again." Hummm!
Sharon February 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Welcome to PATCH, c sears. Thought I would share with you a very brief but to the point email I received from a friend this evening...a friend who grew up years ago in the Village but moved out to 'greener pastures' & a fellow who also knows the deteriorating conditions and abhorrent issues plaguing the Village (that began decades ago while MVF chose to ignore) that The Powers That Be want to 'sweep under the carpet' with this very expensive PR they have 'shoveling', Flourishing in the Village campaign. Comment from friend was "Both of you are correct. MV is turning into a govt sponsored welfare project."
Connecticut15 February 20, 2014 at 08:42 AM
How did MV disintegrate into such a crime riddled area? It had been a shining star in the 1970s -80s offering some of the best residential community living choices. IBM has had a very large facility on its border for decades. Businesses surround the area. What happened and why?
Sharon March 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM
How did Montgomery Village become some crime riddled, Connecticut15??? Here's one take & personal experience. The Powers That Be who 'affectionately' refer to themselves as the "Umbrella of the Village" (which to me implies general overall oversight of entire Village; not just i.e. pools, tennis courts, etc) sat smugly back on their laurels with the false sense of 'security' from the outside (and inside) elements believing that officially changing the zip code to their own would exempt them from 'criminal intruders'. They use excuse that "crime is everywhere" but, if they research 'history' (the effects of neighborhoods allowed to disintegrate), they have to admit that by not overseeing communities (even basic maintenance of homes in those communities) & allowing neighborhoods to depreciate crime was on their 'invitation list'. And it is hysterical when they deny crime statistics i.e. by arguing "oh, that didn't occur in Montgomery Village; that was 'across the street' (within yards) but doesn't fall under our zip code". And c. sears had the year of noticeable and pending downward spiral right on the mark when she noted the year 1982. I noticed as well & unsuccessfully attempted to alert the 'Powers That Be' that they needed to 'get into communities' and get a handle on situation before it escalated. Plea ignored as though I was some crazed Martian hysterically fabricating situations (or conditions) they didn't want to deal with. Even now, they prefer to bury head in sand & even in our Village News throw out 'titles' to homeowners who have been & continued to be concerned as "fear mongers". Blaming genuinely concerned (and observant) homeowners is sure easier than addressing or fulfilling 'protection of home market value and family-oriented community' promises they still erroneously 'boast' in their Village News or in their new Flourishing campaign.
Sharon March 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM
From Village News edition as current as 3/7/2014 from President of Village: "Keep in mind that Montgomery Village makes up less than half of the 6th District. So when you hear of an issue in the 6th District, it very well may not be in the Village." (This is playing the boundary game of 'that was across the street or around the corner; not 'perp's toe' on 20886 turf!) Continued quote: "Many people just don’t get it. It's nothing more than fear-mongering on the part of many."

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