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Gaithersburg woman charged in connection with December shooting

Police allege she was with a man who shot a Germantown man in head

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A 27-year-old Gaithersburg woman has been charged in connection with an attack in which one man shot another man in the head in early December.

Zaphire Nathaly Acevedo-Hodge has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and other offenses.

Authorities said Acevedo-Hodge was present during the shooting, but it’s not clear from charging documents how she was connected to the alleged shooter.

Lauren DeMarco, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, said Friday that she hadn’t heard of any other arrests in the case, other than Acevedo-Hodge.

At around 12:50 a.m. on Dec. 2, police went to 18800 block of Poppyseed Lane in Germantown in response to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a man slumped in a chair on the back patio, with a gunshot wound to the head, according to charging documents.

The man was taken to one hospital, then transferred to another, and was in critical condition. There was no additional information about his condition since then.

The man, who recently had a tracheotomy tube removed, told police on Jan. 4 he had been with Acevedo-Hodge and the man who shot him at the Germantown home on Dec. 1. He had gone out to 7-Eleven with Lyles, and when he returned to the house, Acevedo-Hodge and the man with her were in the sunroom, according to police.

The man who was shot shared some ecstasy with Acevedo-Hodge and her friend, charging documents state. Shortly after, the man with Acevedo-Hodge pulled a handgun from his waistband and told the man to “give me everything.”

According to police, the victim laughed because he thought the other man was joking. The other man then shot him in the face, he told police.

The victim’s phone and wallet were also taken from his pockets after the shooting, according to police.

A court hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to online court records. DeMarco wrote in a text message that Acevedo-Hodge was held without bond in court on Friday.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com