Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Firearms Investigative Unit and the Fire and Explosives Investigative Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the illegal possession by an 18-year-old male of firearms and chemicals commonly used in the manufacturing of explosives.
This afternoon, Colin McKenzie-Gude, age 18, of the 6300 block of Rockhurst Road in Bethesda, turned himself in to police at the Montgomery County Police 1st District Station in Rockville. The arrest warrant will be served charging him with five counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a minor, possession of a destructive device, and possession of explosive material. (An individual must be 21 years of age to legally possess certain types of firearms in the state of Maryland.)
The motive for the possession of the firearms and chemicals remains under investigation. Through the course of the investigation it was learned that McKenzie-Gude was a 2008 graduate St. John’s College High School located at 2607 Military Road in NW Washington, D.C. For as yet unknown reasons, it was discovered that McKenzie-Gude was in the process of compiling a list of the addresses of the faculty members at that private school.
The investigation began after the Gaithersburg Police Department received a tip from a citizen. Detectives and fire marshals obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 6300 block of Rockhurst Road in Bethesda that might contain illegally possessed firearms. Yesterday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. the search warrant was served. Four illegally possessed assault rifles, two shotguns, one handgun, and ammunition were seized. In addition, chemicals and components commonly used to manufacture homemade explosives were also recovered.
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