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Md. man arrested after handgun display turns violent, police say

A 37-year-old Gaithersburg man remained in Montgomery County jail Tuesday after police say he showed another man a handgun over the weekend, got into an argument with the man and tried to kill him.

"Alcohol was a factor," said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.

The 20-year-old victim was shot at least once in the altercation, which occurred about 5 a.m. Sunday at the Washingtonian Towers in the 9700 block of Fields Road in Gaithersburg. His condition wasn't immediately available Tuesday morning.

Arrested in connection with the case was Don Paul Wyatt, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He was being held without bond, a jail official said.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  May 25, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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another proud NRA member

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 25, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Similar arguments were made before prohibition which, let's remember did not work. There were murders before the invention of firearms; even if you destroy ever gun in the world there will still be murders/violent crimes. Guns are, however, a more potent facilitator of violent crimes. The solution is not to ban guns but we must learn to address the underlying social causes of violent crimes. Let's address the disease itself not the symptoms.

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | May 25, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

VoiceofReason77: that was a well thought out intelligent statement. I applaud you.

I do have a question. You say guns are a more potent facilitator of violent crimes, I wonder though. Are there more gun related violent crimes then unarmed assault cases, or knives, ect?

Posted by: netsurf12 | May 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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