Man accused of firing shot at employee who issued violation

This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. on May 4, 2022, to include the latest information

The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Germantown last month might have been gang-related, according to prosecutors.

Montgomery County police say Taon Lamont Cline of Frederick was fatally shot April 22. According to a press release Wednesday,  officers were called to the 19500 block of Gunners Branch Road in Germantown around 10:50 that night for the report of a shooting. Cline was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 14-year-old boy from Germantown and 15-year-old boy from Kensington have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing, police said. Both have been charged as adults and are being held without bond.

Police have identified the two teens charged, however Bethesda Beat does not identify minors who are charged with crimes.

During a bond review hearing Wednesday, a prosecutor with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said the 15-year-old is not thought to have fired shots, but was a member of a gang and had threatened Cline on social media, saying he would “get upped.” The meaning of the phrase was not explained.

District Court Judge Patrick Mays, who oversaw Wednesday’s hearing, said the shooting is related to a conflict between the gang that the 15-year-old belonged to and a rival gang that Cline was involved with.

The bond review hearing for the 15-year-old was continued to Friday.

According to prosecutors, the 14-year-old posted an image of a weapon on social media after the shooting. Authorities have not said whether he fired shots.

It was not immediately clear whether the 14-year-old is a gang member. His bond review hearing was continued to Thursday in order to give his defense attorney more time to speak with him and the family.

The State’s Attorney’s Office did not release charging documents to Bethesda Beat on Wednesday because it is a juvenile case and the records are sealed, according to Lauren DeMarco, a spokeswoman with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com