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A 19-year-old Olney man was ordered held without bond by a district court judge Thursday for his role in the shooting of a 22-year-old acquaintance of his in an Aspen Hill park Tuesday afternoon.

Damacrius Damone Grays, of the 4400 block of Fishermans Court, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder after he was arrested by Montgomery County police homicide detectives at his home Wednesday morning. Detectives identified Grays as the likely shooter based on evidence police say they collected from the scene and from witness accounts.

Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Hall, who is prosecuting the case, cited Grays’ alleged history of making threats against his mother and the violence of Tuesday’s shooting in making her recommendation in favor of withholding Grays’ bond.

“The defendant pre-armed himself and shot the victim, who was unarmed, hitting him just one inch below his right eye,” Hall said. “ ... Our concern is for the safety of the community if this defendant is released.”

Howard Walsh, who represented Grays on Thursday, argued that his client does not have a criminal history and should be granted some leniency by the court.

“It’s our understanding that he has no prior criminal convictions,” Walsh said. “This is his first time in jail.”

Judge William G. Simmons agreed with Hall, ordering Grays held without bond. Grays’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 18.

Montgomery County and local park police officers responded to North Gate Park, at Connecticut Avenue and Grand Pre Road, at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday where they found the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said. The victim, who is not being identified at this time, was conscious and alert when officers arrived, but his condition quickly deteriorated and he was taken to a local emergency trauma center, police said.

Hall told the judge that, while the victim was still alive Thursday, he was in “grave” condition and “ ... it’s not expected that he will survive.”

jarias@gazette.net