Update-Arrest in Highland View Homicide

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division Homicide/Sex Section have arrested Parris Deshon Pratt, age 22, for the shooting that occurred on November 17 in the Highland View neighborhood of Silver Spring.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 9200 block of Manchester Road for the report of an injured man. Residents there discovered a young black male lying in the roadway, as they were driving down their driveway.

When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, 16-year-old Philip Cunningham of Washington, D.C., was flown to the University of Maryland Shock-Trauma Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, for the treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced legally dead on November 20, once detectives were able to identify him and locate family members. The Deputy Medical Examiner has performed the autopsy on Cunningham, and ruled the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the head, and the manner of death as homicide.

The investigation revealed that Cunningham had accepted a ride from Pratt earlier on the evening of November 17. She then drove the victim to the 9200 block of Manchester Road, where she lured him from the vehicle, produced a handgun, and shot him several times. Pratt returned to her vehicle, but upon noticing that Cunningham was still alive, exited her vehicle a second time and shot him again while he lay on the ground.

Homicide detectives charged Parris Deshon Pratt, of the 100 block of Croyden Court in Silver Spring, with first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. She remains in the Montgomery County Detention Center on a no-bond status.

***A photo of Parris Pratt has been e-mailed with this release***

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