- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An early Tuesday shooting left one man dead in the White Oak area of Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said.

Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, 24, was found fatally shot in the 11400 block of Stewart Lane shortly before 7 a.m.

Police received several calls from people in the neighborhood reporting the sound of gunshots in the area around 6:40 a.m., police said.

About 10 minutes after the flurry of calls, a Metrobus driver reported that a man the driver thought had been struck by a vehicle was laying in the roadway. Officials who responded to the scene determined that the man, later identified as Mr. Amobi, had been shot in the upper body.

While officials provided scant details about the shooting, investigators are pursuing leads that the slaying was targeted.

“There are early indicators that seem to tell us this may not be a random shooting,” Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said, adding that investigators were reluctant to release additional information early in the investigation.

Police were canvassing a Silver Spring neighborhood Tuesday for any witnesses to the shooting.

“It’s still pretty fresh,” Capt. Starks said. “It’s on a public street. Certainly, the potential for witnesses is great.”

Mr. Amobi lived in the 11200 block of Columbia Pike, a little more than two miles from the site of the shooting. He was found close to a bus stop, Capt. Starks said.

Metro officials said Mr. Amobi did not appear to be a bus passenger.

“It has no real connection to Metro other than the bus operator is the one who came across the body,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Mr. Amobi’s death is the 16th homicide in Montgomery County this year, county police spokeswoman Officer Janelle Smith said.

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