Woman injured by shot fired through her homeGAITHERSBURG...

MARYLAND/REGION

August 22, 1993

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GAITHERSBURG — Woman injured by shot fired through her home

GAITHERSBURG -- A 24-year-old woman was wounded early yesterday when a bullet whizzed into her bedroom and through her chest as she sat on her bed, Montgomery County police said.

The round apparently was fired from a handgun outside, police said. The bullet passed through the wall of the woman's townhouse in the 8300 block of Fairhaven Drive and penetrated the upper left portion of her chest, police said.

The bullet was recovered inside a shoe in her closet.

The woman was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where she was treated for a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, police said. Her identity was not released, pending notification of relatives.

The shooting occurred about 12:53 a.m. yesterday, after a group of people hanging out in that block of Fairhaven Drive exchanged words with individuals in a Nissan 300ZX and a brown and gray sedan that drove onto the street, police said.

The driver of the Nissan and the driver and two passengers from the sedan got out of their vehicles near a playground, police said. Someone got a gun from the trunk of the sedan, police said.

The people who weren't in vehicles ran away, police said. Shots were fired as the vehicles pulled away. Three rounds struck another townhouse, but no one was injured, police said.

Police said their investigation continues and they have made no arrests.

Federal jury to weigh charges against suspect

ROCKVILLE

ROCKVILLE -- A federal grand jury in Baltimore will decide Thursday whether to indict a Martinsburg, W. Va., accountant being held here after being charged with robbing two Montgomery County banks to pay off his debts, an FBI agent said.

Michael Welshans, 46, remained jailed yesterday at the Montgomery County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

He was charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and faces up to 20 years in prison on each charge.

Mr. Welshans was arrested Monday after allegedly robbing the Bank of Baltimore in Damascus of $14,482, police said. After his arrest, police said, he confessed to that robbery and a similar one July 20 at the bank's Gaithersburg branch office that netted $46,957.

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