Four suspects are on the loose and one suspect is dead after a burglary at a Rockville, Maryland, gun store early Thursday morning, according to Montgomery County police.
Eastbound Randolph Road between Parklawn Drive and Putnam Road had been shut down early Thursday as police investigated the incident, but by 10 a.m., one lane was getting by. As there are four possibly armed suspects on the loose, police are urging local residents to navigate the area with extra caution.
An alarm went off at the United Gun Shop at the intersection of Randolph Road and Parklawn Drive around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.
The five suspects rammed into a police cruiser as they were fleeing the scene, causing police to shoot at the car, officials said.
Police later found the car a few blocks away from the area with a dead man inside, according to police.
Police said they found a bag with multiple firearms inside in a backyard not far from the scene. Three other guns were found outside the car the suspects tried to get away in. It appears two stolen cars were used in the incident — one to ram the storefront and a getaway car.
Another gun store in the Maple Lawn section of Laurel was burglarized in a very similar way Wednesday morning, though it is unknown if the two incidents are connected. Police responded to Fox Firearms at 2 a.m. where unknown suspects gained entry to the shop by driving a stolen vehicle through the front of the store, escaping with several guns, according to Howard County police.
This isn’t the first time United Gun Shop in Rockville has been burglarized. In 2017, multiple guns were stolen from the United Gun Shop early on a Thursday morning after suspects forced open the front door and took several handguns and long guns.