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Nineteen-Year-Old Dead Following Piney Branch Shooting

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 10, 2022

Gaithersburg, MD – A 19-year-old Hyattsville man is dead following a shooting on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, in the 100 block of Colony Road in Piney Branch. 


At approximately 3:58 a.m., 3rd district officers responded to the location for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers initially located three adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Two males were taken to area hospitals, in serious but stable condition. 


The third male, later identified as Willians Anderson Alberto Cruz, was found in a wooded area towards the back of 100 block of Colony Road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Montgomery County Police Officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel immediately performed life-saving measures, however Alberto Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene. 


A fourth male victim was located uninjured at the scene. 


The preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the victims were at the location when they were approached by an unknown number of suspects who began to shoot at the victims. 


This is an active and ongoing investigation. 


Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are asking anyone who has information about this shooting and homicide to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous. 

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Release ID: 22-544
Media Contact: CTDurham 
Categories: homicide