A 34-year-old man was killed Wednesday night in an apparent home invasion in Aspen Hill.
According to police, the crime took place around 11 p.m. Wednesday at a home on the 13400 block of Grenoble Drive, a road of single-family homes not far from Aspen Hill Road. The house is a “Sober Living” house, according to InterventionAmerica.org, a behavioral health, drug rehab and alcohol treatment directory which lists the house on its website.
Police said three men, each armed with handguns, forced their way into the home and confronted three men inside. Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly said in a news release that there was a struggle with one of the residents, Alexander Benson Buie, who was then shot. Buie died after being taken to a local hospital, according to the release.
The other two men who were inside the home were not harmed, Daly said in the release.
Thursday morning, police were interviewing other adults in the home and asking anyone with tips to call them. Police searched the area using K-9s but were unable to locate any suspects, according to the release.
Evelyn Pendergast, 90, lives down the street from the scene of the crime. Police told her they believed the shooting was drug-related, she said.
The area has had problems with drugs in the past, she said.
“We had a wonderful neighborhood years ago ... a lot of stuff has happened since then,” she said.
“This is really sad, what happened there,” she said, gesturing toward the house.
On Thursday afternoon, police escorted one of the residents back to the house briefly.
Though he did not identify himself, he told reporters what had happened to him: he had been washing dishes when the assailants burst into the home.
“They put a gun to my face, told me to get on the floor... it took two minutes... literally two minutes,” he said.
Then they shot the victim in another room, he said.
“I found him on the ground. In his room. He was bleeding,” he said, describing grabbing a towel to staunch the man’s bleeding.
“My friend got shot, man. He’s gone. He’s gone, that’s it,” the man said.