Two Men Arrested in Connection With Shooting Outside Westfield Montgomery Mall

No one was injured after gunshots broke out last month


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David Orlando Montalvo and Lucas Austin Graves

Via Montgomery County police

Updated 11:50 a.m. April 19: Montgomery County police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting outside Westfield Montgomery mall last month.

David Orlando Montalvo, 23, and Lucas Austin Graves, 28, were charged with attempted murder, assault and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said.

On March 9, police had been called to the Bethesda mall after people reported hearing the sound of multiple gunshots. Officers recovered shell casings and found two parked cars that had been struck by bullets in the parking lot near the Macy's, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said. They didn't find anyone who had been injured in the shooting.

Police later determined two groups of men were involved in a verbal argument that had started off the mall property. The argument continued as they entered the parking lot, and two men began shooting at two other men, police said. The four men fled the area.

In a press release issued Wednesday, police wrote that they had identified the victims and later identified Montalvo and Graves as the two shooters. Both were carrying handguns, Starks said.

A judge issued a warrant for Graves’ arrest on March 19, and police arrested him on April 11, according to court records. Graves, who has an address on the 1200 block of East West Highway in Silver Spring, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and carrying a handgun.

Police obtained a warrant for Montalvo on April 12, police said. He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and disorderly conduct.

Both men have been ordered to be held without bail. Graves has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 4 in the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville, and Montalvo’s hearing is set for May 11.

This story was updated on April 19 to correct the charges against Lucas Graves. A second reference to his charges incorrectly included first-degree murder, rather than attempted first-degree murder.

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