Two Die After Stabbing at Westfield Wheaton Mall

Investigators scouring security footage


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Updated 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Montgomery County police released Wednesday the name of one victim in Tuesday's double stabbing at Westfield Wheaton that left two dead.

The victim was identified as Angel Alfredo Pineda-Gomez, 22, of Silver Spring, according to a police message posted in Twitter. The name of the second victim has not been confirmed, the police tweet said.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage as they search for the person responsible for the stabbings, news reports said.

Investigators are working to confirm a description of the perpetrator, police said.

The mall re-opened Wednesday morning after closing as officers investigated the incident Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to the mall at 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, after a 911 call at 3:17 p.m., according to a police department press release.

Police, as well as fire and rescue personnel, responded to the mall and found two men suffering from stab wounds on the lower level, police said. They were taken to area hospitals where both died from their injuries, police said.

Police said investigators believe that the stabbings occurred during a fight involving the victims and the perpetrator in the lower level of the mall. Investigators are looking for a motive, police said.

“We shut down the mall and were watching people that exited as well as shutting down roadways and notifying the Metro and working with allied agencies,” police Lt. Nicholas Augustine told WTOP on Tuesday.

Shoppers said they heard an announcement asking them to leave, according to NBC Washington.

Police urge anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Crime Solvers can be reached at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Investigation of the incident caused delays on the Red Line, according to Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. The Wheaton Metro station is adjacent to the mall.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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