Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Man charged in east Silver Spring shooting death

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A Washington, D.C., man has been charged in the shooting death of a man outside an apartment building in east Silver Spring Friday night.

Rohan Campbell, 27, was arrested Saturday in the death of Silver Spring man Mark Anthony Ray, 30, after being described and located by two witnesses.

Campbell, who has no fixed address, was charged with first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in commission of a felony, according to a news release from Montgomery County Police.

On Tuesday, Campbell remained jailed in Washington, D.C., awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.

Police do not have a motive, said Officer Melanie Hadley, a spokeswoman for county police. She said there were no other suspects being investigated.

Ray was found about 11:15 p.m. Friday on the sidewalk outside the Silver Spring Towers apartment building, 816 Easley St., suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court. Ray was pronounced dead later that night at an area hospital.

According to charging documents, a witness who dropped Campbell off at the Silver Spring Towers saw the shooting.

The witness then drove Campbell to the corner of Piney Branch Road and Aspen Street NW in Washington, D.C. Campbell told the witness he and a woman would be staying at the nearby Motel 6, 6711 Georgia Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

Another witness, who was with the victim at the time of the shooting, described a suspect that fit Campbell’s description, the documents said. A .45-caliber shell casing was found at the shooting scene.

Campbell was arrested at the Motel 6 shortly before noon Saturday. The woman Campbell was with at the motel told police she saw Campbell shoot Ray and that she was with Campbell at the time of the shooting, according to the charging documents.

An autopsy will determine the exact cause and manner of death. Anyone with information about the crime should call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.