Silver Spring homicide scene (PHOTO: Kevin King)
Police investigate the scene of a Silver Spring homicide (PHOTO: Kevin King)
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- A man was shot to death near a bus stop in Montgomery County on Tuesday morning, police said.
"The victim in this incident has been identified as Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, age 24, of the 11200 block of Columbia Pike in Silver Spring," police said at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Amobi is a popular local rapper also known as Frank Diggy.
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The incident happened at around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, near Stewart Lane and April Lane in the White Oak section of Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police spokesman Paul Starks said.
"Today, at 6:39 a.m., police received complaints for the sound of gunshots. At 6:48 a.m., 3rd District officers responded for a reported pedestrian struck in the 11400 block of Stewart Lane," police said.
When police got to the scene and found the man, they realized he had not been hit by a car. Amobi was on his way to work, his mother told 9News Now. His Facebook page is filling up with tributes.
No one else was hurt in the incident, and police are investigating the scene. Police used dogs to search for evidence in the murder and two cars were towed from the scene. Amobi says one of the cars belonged to the victim.
White Oak residents are concerned for their own safety. Asuree Henderson is a mother of 3 and is 7 months pregnant. She decided to walk a bit farther Wednesday morning to avoid the bus stop where Franklin Amobi was shot and killed.
Neil Richards says he was friends with Amobi and says he was trying to turn his life around. Maryland online court records show that Amobi faced charges including drug possession, theft and assault.
If you have information about this crime, call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.