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Victim of Aspen Hill fatal shooting identified in charging documents

No details yet of circumstances surrounding shooting, murder charge

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A man who was fatally shot last week in Aspen Hill has been identified in charging documents.

Gary Savage, 58, of Tampa, is accused of fatally shooting 42-year-old Whali Aziz Shabazz on Friday, according to charging documents. No hometown is listed for Shabazz, but court records from last year list his hometown as Germantown. He is charged with first-degree murder.

Police have said that officers found a man who had been shot in the upper body around 4:35 p.m. near the intersection of Bailey’s Lane and Bailey’s Court, in a neighborhood off Norbeck Road.

When officers arrived, they found Savage lying naked on the ground with a gun near him, according to documents. Shabazz was lying near him with gunshot wounds.

First responders tried to save Shabazz’s life, but he died at the scene, according to documents.

Detectives interviewed witnesses, who said Savage shot Shabazz, documents state.

There are no details about the circumstances leading up to the shooting, and it is not clear if Savage and Shabazz knew each other.

Savage waived bond review on Tuesday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 1, Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lauren DeMarco wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Wednesday.

Savage is being represented by the public defender’s office. Lucy Larkins, an attorney with the office who represented him on Tuesday, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

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