- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2002

A 55-year-old Montgomery County man was fatally shot last night in the parking lot of a Wheaton supermarket that is across the street from a county police station.
The shooting occurred at about 6 p.m. at the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the 2200 block of Randolph Road.
Customers in the store at the time of the shooting had to show identification before they could leave in their cars.
"No car is being allowed to leave until the owner shows up, provides ID and is able to speak with investigators about what time they arrived, did they see anything unusual in the parking lot?" said Officer Derek Baliles, a county police spokesman.
The store remained open.
Police did not release the victim's name because his next of kin had not been informed. Police said the man drove a small pickup truck, which they found in the lot.
The man died at the scene, according to Lt. Oscar Garcia, a county fire department spokesman.
Police had not located any eyewitnesses by last night.
Officer Baliles said police officers nearby heard a loud "pop" or "bang" and rushed over to help the man. People in the lot and officers from the Wheaton-Glenmont District station also raced over to help, he said.
Officers noted the tag numbers of all vehicles remaining and intended to follow up with phone calls. "As of now, we have not talked to everybody," Officer Baliles said last night. "We'll run tags and call houses."
Officer Baliles said investigators were not sure if the victim was coming from or going into the store. He did not have any groceries with him.
The slaying was the 21st homicide in Montgomery County this year. Last year there were 19, Officer Baliles said.

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