City Desk

Armed Teen Opens Fire in Silver Spring

Three friends were hanging out in front of an apartment building in the the 2400 block of Ross Road in Rosemary Hills on Saturday in Silver Spring when the night took a turn for the worse. One of the men was blocking the door when a 17-year-old girl attempted to leave the building. The man eventually moved, Montgomery County police say, but the parties exchanged words and the girl threatened to bring back a friend—an armed friend—to defend her honor. The three guys weren't impressed with the threat, and continued to hang out.

Some 20 minutes later, the girl allegedly made good on her promise, showing up with Joel Manuel Moreno, 16. Police believe Moreno argued with the men and then took out a gun and started firing. Luckily, he was a bad shot: No one was struck or injured. Moreno started running away, but two of the men he'd fired at gave chase—and saw him go into his apartment. Police found Moreno at his home "and took him into custody without incident. During the execution of a search warrant, a loaded handgun was found in the closet," Montgomery County cops say. Moreno is being charged as an adult with "three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a minor, three counts of reckless endangerment, and possession of a handgun to commit a crime of violence."

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  • Joan

    too bad he couldn't shoot - that would sure teach those thugs some manners

  • Indeed

    Joan, I hope you're joking.

  • Rick Mangus

    Charge this little bastard as an adult and let him stay in prison. I am sure some social worker and some stupid shrink will say, "he's just a child" screw that!

  • noodlez



  • Typical DC BS

    Wonder why the 17 year old girl wasn't charged?

  • Grumpy

    All involved were childish; you don't 'avenge honor' over a blocked doorway with a pistol. You knuckle up if necessary. Then to pull out and can't hit shit means you shouldn't have a firearm period. Breaking the law as well as no firearm training, no regard for human life, etc. and none of this was worth taking a life over. One big ass overreaction to a minor incident which now will probably blow up even more once this kid Bonds out.

    These 2 idiots kill each other or one dies, one goes to jail and the chick who instigated the whole shit goes on her way with some other 'lucky' dude...ridiculous.

  • Truth Hurts

    Any 16 year old shooting at people on the street needs to be locked up for a long time. What about his parents? He was found "at home" (presumably his parents' home) and a loaded gun was seized as well. The parents ought to be locked up too.

    Grumpy, agreed the girl ought to be charged as an accessory. And for good measure, lock up the dudes who harrassed the girl. All these idiots are dangerous.

  • Rick Mangus

    Charge the stupid parents as well, just like they should of locked up the parents of those worthless punks who killed all those people at Columbine High School. If your a parent and don't know what's going on under YOU'RE roof then you deserve and need to go to jail as well!

  • Enchilada Tostada Taco Bell

    This is what happens when illegals come over here and breed like maggots.


    Did anyone call ICE?