La Plata man fatally shot in his car
Update, 8:36 p.m.:
Authorities say the man who was fatally shot in his car Tuesday afternoon in Charles County was a teacher at North Point High School in the Waldorf area. Christopher Hoefert, 24, taught technology education, authorities said.
A 24-year-old La Plata man was fatally shot in his car Tuesday afternoon, apparently by a man who then killed himself on a road in the White Plains area, Charles County sheriff's officials said.
Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman, said Christopher Hoefert was behind the wheel of his Saturn at the intersection of Middleton and Billingsley roads about 3:30 p.m. Another car pulled alongside him, driven by a man who got out, pulled out a gun and fired at least twice, fatally wounding Hoefert.
The suspect, identified by authorities as 22-year-old Richard Hector Becker of La Plata, then shot himself. Becker was found dead at the scene. Hoefert was taken to a hospital with two gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead, Richardson said.
Investigators said the two men were acquaintances and the shooting appeared to be targeted.
"We have information that these men knew each other, but we're not going to rule anything out," Richardson said.
She said investigators were following a potential lead on the motive for the shooting, but she declined to give details.
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