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Major Crimes Division Investigates Fairdale Road Shooting

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Gaithersburg, MD – Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a shooting that occurred on Monday, October 23, 2023.

At approximately 10:57 p.m., 3rd District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the 14300 block of Fairdale Rd., for the report of a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, officers located 22-year-old Rakiy Deinol Gardner, of an unknown address, outside of the residence, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Despite lifesaving attempts, Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene.

A black Mercedes CLA 250 sedan was observed leaving the scene, at a high rate of speed, and collided with an officer responding to the scene in a marked patrol car. The driver of the Mercedes and the officer were transported to area hospitals for evaluation.

A second male victim, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was located a short distance from the scene and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While investigating the shooting on Fairdale Rd., the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received multiple calls for a suspicious person in the 14300 block of Bradshaw Dr. Officers responded to the location and located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An individual was taken into custody and determined not to be a suspect at this time.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding suspect(s) or this crime is asked to visit the Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, MD website at and click on the “” link at the top of the page or call 1-866-411-8477.  A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tips may remain anonymous.

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Release ID: 23-616
Media Contact: L.N.J.Ivey 
Categories: homicide